Outline of cycling

This article is an outline about the activity of cycling. For an outline about bicycles themselves, see outline of bicycles.
The following outline is provided as an overview of, as well as a topical guide to cycling:

Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the activity of using / riding bicycles, (at least partially) human-powered, wheeled vehicles, (typically by foot pedalling),[1]
for purposes including transport, recreation, social interaction, exercise, sport, therapy, other purposes,[2] or any combination thereof.[3]

Dutch woman cycling with two young children, using a two-wheeled box-bike.

Persons engaged in cycling are called cyclists,[4]bikers, or sometimes bicyclists.[5] They typically either dress for where they are going, or for the cycling, sometimes having another set of clothing with them, or arranged.

Apart from regular two-wheeled bicycles, cycling also includes riding unicycles, tricycles, quadricycles, and other similar human-powered wheeled vehicles (HPVs).

More and more frequently bicycles are sold with (electric) motor / e-bike, or (in the past) other motor assistance,

Cycling is practiced either solo on the vehicle, or with company, including passengers, riding in front,[6] or sitting on the cycle's luggage carrier, or little children and/or pet animals in appropriate seats or such fixed to the bike, or occasionally actually riding with more than one person, cooperatively, on anything from a simple twin / tandem bicycle, to a multi-person party bike.

Cycling is most frequently practiced on-road, but also off-road, either mixed with other traffic, or on distinct cycle lanes, separate, segregated, cycle tracks, or for unattended young children, and in some countries also for adults, on the pedestrians' pavement.

What is cycling?Edit

Cycling can be described as all of the following:

Cycling equipmentEdit

Cycling law and safetyEdit

Health impactEdit

Types of cyclingEdit

Cycling sportEdit

Bicycle racingEdit

Doping in cyclingEdit

Track cyclingEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Cycling infrastructureEdit

Cycling infrastructureEdit

Bike paths and trailsEdit

Bicycle sharing systemsEdit

Bicycle sharing system

Cycling by regionEdit

Cycling in the mediaEdit

Cycling movementsEdit

  • Bike bus (Bike train) - Escorted group of cyclists in an urban environment for transportation safely, and often as student transport.
  • Critical Mass – cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world.[7]

Cycling clubs and organisationsEdit

Cycling clubsEdit

Cycling organisationsEdit

History of cyclingEdit

History of road cyclingEdit

History of cycling at the Summer OlympicsEdit

History of cycling at the Pan American GamesEdit


Notable cyclistsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ but occasionally powered by the arms,
  2. ^ like walking your dog while riding,
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary (Second ed.). Oxford University Press. 1989. cycling: The action or activity of riding a bicycle etc.
  4. ^ Oxford English Dictionary (Second ed.). Oxford University Press. 1988. cyclist: One who rides a cycle or practises cycling.
  5. ^ Oxford English Dictionary (Second ed.). Oxford University Press. 1989. bicyclist: One who rides a bicycle.
  6. ^ for instance in the box of a cargo bike,
  7. ^ a b Richard Madden (December 15, 2003). "London: How cyclists around the world put a spoke in the motorist's wheel". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on May 29, 2012.

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