Outline of cycling

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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:

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

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]

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).

Some bicycles are sold with (electric) motors (e-bikes), or 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 equipment[edit]

A road cyclist wearing a typical summer cycling kit comprising a helmet, short-sleeved jersey, mitts, bib shorts, socks and shoes.

Cycling law and safety[edit]

Health impact[edit]

Types of cycling[edit]

Cycling sport[edit]

Bicycle racing[edit]

Doping in cycling[edit]

Track cycling[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Cycling infrastructure[edit]

Cycling infrastructure[edit]

Bike paths and trails[edit]

Bicycle sharing systems[edit]

Bicycle sharing system

Cycling by region[edit]

Cycling in the media[edit]

Cycling movements[edit]

  • 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 organisations[edit]

Cycling clubs[edit]

Cycling organisations[edit]

History of cycling[edit]

History of road cycling[edit]

History of cycling at the Summer Olympics[edit]

History of cycling at the Pan American Games[edit]


Notable cyclists[edit]

See also[edit]


  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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