World Cup Soccer to Use Bicycles

Addressing the “huge” carbon emissions produced by the 2010 Soccer World Cup – in part because South Africa is such a long haul – the organizing body announced they’ll supply green energy and use bicycles.

Bicycles would also be used in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions during the tournament.
At least three of the nine host cities have considered the implementation of bicycle lanes in strategic locations for the World Cup as well as [after] the World Cup, whereby further expansion of the programme will continue.
The department will fund for maintenance of bicycles in three host cities.”

That’s presumably a bike share and possibly cargo bikes. Hope the Olympics are next in using bikes and, of course, we’re not the only ones who have noticed all the diesel-burning vehicles in the Tour caravan.

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I’ve heard that for the Vancouver Olympics, they are shipping the Bixi bikes and racks from Montreal to Vancouver.

Good tip—checking with our Canadian friends . .

Soccer AND government endorsed cycling…this thing couldn’t get any less American.

And I bet they’ve got free health care!

Byron, Vancouver is actively promoting bike use and other “alternative” transport for the winter Olympics. Organizers even promoted Vancouver’s winter bike to work week earlier this month so commuters could get some practice in winter cycling.

Good news—we reached out to the committee to do a story up there, we’ll see what happens.

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