Cyclism is an overarching philosophy which says, not only is life cyclical, but also, it’s better when you spend much of it on a bicycle. Seeing the bicycle as a metaphor for life itself, cyclists generally exalt freedom, independence, simplicity, resourcefulness, efficiency and ecology in all things.
The bicycle was introduced in Europe in the late 1800s and became an immediate popular sensation. Today there are far more bicycles than cars in the world, and they continue to be one of the world’s most common forms of transportation. Though motorized vehicles eclipsed bicycles in terms of popularity for several decades, bicycles are today making a comeback, and governments around the world are introducing bicycle lanes to help alleviate traffic congestion. In several cities, such as Amsterdam, bicycles are the primary means of transportation in the city center. Partially as a result of modern hipster culture, bicycles have again become trendy items of fashion.
Cyclists may believe that the resurgence of bicycle culture and popularity points to a growing popularity of Cyclism itself. The freedom-enhancing, do-it-yourself, environmentally-friendly aspects of bicycles appeal to the spiritually-minded among us who also really love to tinker with things.
Cyclists primarily practice their religion by riding around on their bicycles. Many Cyclists learn to tinker with their cycles and find spiritual release in this pastime. Group cycling can help provide a spiritual community for Cyclists, especially when they take place in activist movements like CycLAvia in Los Angeles, Critical Mass, and other group cycling events.
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
— H.G. Wells
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
— Albert Einstein
Riding a bicycle is the summit of human endeavour – an almost neutral environmental effect coupled with the ability to travel substantial distances without disturbing anybody. The bike is the perfect marriage of technology and human energy.
— Jeremy Corbyn