As a result of the surge in demand, some governments have responded by adding more bike lanes, prohibiting vehicles on some streets, lowering bike-sharing schemes prices, or even providing financial incentives for the purchase of new bicycles.
The pandemic threw our routines into disarray, prompting individuals to reassess their travel choices. This provided a window of opportunity to test new policy initiatives, improve bike rides of active cyclists, and attract new cyclists, given the authorities' objective to encourage bike utilisation. People are responsive to policy initiatives and political action to rethink prior choices as long as this window is open.
However, long-term cycling use is unlikely to increase unless policy measures are implemented. Governments and authorities should seize this opportunity to boost cycling and contribute to a society that is more resilient, accessible, safe, and sustainable.