Promoters of the Global Ride


Thomas Widmann

Provincial Councillor for Mobility, South-Tyrol, Italy

„The Global Ride to Rio“ is a brilliant way to valorize the most sustainable form of non-polluting mobility that is bike-riding. The transport sector is a domain of enormous climate relevance. Our commission, as citizens and policy-makers, is to outclass the appeal of conventional forms of motorized transport by creating intelligent mobility hubs where everyone will be able to permute easily and comfortably from one public transport means to another as well as to bicycles, electric vehicles and whatever eco-friendly forms of locomotion there are. In this way, and by focussing worldwide attention to the attractiveness of eco-sensitive forms of mobility, a stringently required change indetrimental mobility patterns can be accomplished!




Badi Assad

Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist

I write this while doing a project at the biennale of dance, in Venice/Italy.  The presentations happen in a very powerful place, where they used to build ships that would conquer the world! Around year 1500: an old place embracing a modern event. Then I was thinking wheels, biking… it is such an old invention and indeed so contemporary. I remember, when I was young, biking was all over the place in my big town, São Paulo/Brasil. But over time, it started to become a danger, because the bikers somehow were considered people with nothing more important to do! With the time, São Paulo became an almost unbearable city to live in! There are so many cars! We loose so much time in traffic! There is so much pollution! Not forgetting the noise, the impatience, the impoliteness, the stress. While biking is so practical: it doesn’t pollute, it helps to keep your hearts and lungs in shape, it is free of expensive parking lots, it doesn’t need gas stations and it gives you a sense of freedom. Let’s embrace the old custom and bring it back to our lives. The cities and everybody that lives in it would be thankful for it…




Beate Bund

Independent Renewable Energy Expert

A simple solution combined with enthusiasm are the key to a sustainable future. Discovering the bicycle as a modern way of a sustainable mobility drives the change.





Wolfgang E. Riegelsberger

UN Habitat Youth Goodwill Envoy

Never before in history people all over the world were able to communicate, to change ideas, to learn from each other in such a “real time” way like today – and never before especially young people were better informed and educated on a global level like today. The “digital-natives” – the young users of computer based social networks and mobile phones – are the most important “city changers” of today – and tomorrow – and their capability, their efficiency and their power can impressively be seen for example in the “Arabic revolution”. Intercultural communication, especially between young people, will have a crucial impact of a better world of tomorrow – as long as all of us will be able to establish a sustainable, value based, modern and stylish “global culture of communication”, of common behavior. – Riding a bicycle in urban areas is without any doubt on its way to become a trend setting symbol for those of us having understood the breathtaking beauty of future! May this initiative contribute a strong “wind of change”!



Santhosh (Sunny) Kodukula

EcoMobility Officer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Bonn, Germany.

“A first impression of a liveable city is its cyclists and pedestrians. Based on how a city treats cyclists and pedestrians one can conclude the liveability in a city. Promoting an increased use of these modes is the crux of creating cities for people. Bicycling is a pollution free way to commute. Riding a bicycle shows that people are responsible towards the environment they live in. Through the EcoMobility initiative, ICLEI promote the use of sustainable transport modes such as walking, bicycling, and passenging in an integrated manner. On behalf of the EcoMobility initiative, I echo the ideals of the “Ride to Rio” and urge cities on promoting cycling, once done it is a huge achievement in the journey to sustainable transport. The EcoMobility initiative strongly supports the “Ride to Rio” Campaign and is happy to be a part of bringing importance of cycling on the world stage. ”



José  Auricchio Junior

Mayor of São Caetano do Sul, Brazil

The Street is not only a circulation area, it is also – and mainly – a space for life. It is not about rejecting the car, that all of us – or almost all – sometimes use, it is about defining the right place for this vehicle, favouring the emergence of quality public spaces and the development of healthy ways of travel, such as walking and cycling; spaces for meeting and living together.



Motohide Hatankaka

Ph.D., design engineering, Tokyo

We need broader perspectives concerning our work- and lifestyles, city planning, as well as our industry and economy if we want a sustainable change and new ways of the usage of bicycles here. Cycling will never be big in Japan if it demonizes the auto industry. We need messages that take care of the auto industry such as velocipedes that auto manufactures can involve in and make sure, that people working in the auto industry don’t go out of business. Another point is the climate. Cycling in the summer with extremely high humidity, or during the rainy seasons brings up problems that have to be resolved, too…




Prof. Aleksandar Subic

RMIT University, Melbourne

RMIT University will form a node involvement in this project, comprising of students and researchers to investigate sustainable systems and technologies for wider usage of powered bikes in urban settings. This may include two different systems: plug in electric rechargeable bikes as well as natural gas buses. This work will aim  to result in a sustainable system concept and demonstration model considering the entire life-cycle of such new technology



Luis F. Equihua Zamora

Maestro en Diseño, Mexico City

For sure, the usage of bicycles will intensify by the change of generations within the next few years, becoming a “natural substitute” for other known ways of transportation we did get used to within the past. It’s a cultural process that will take time, but will take place inevitably.




Mauro Fiore

General Manager of Movilidad Urbana Sostenible SL (MOVUS)

My company is a private technological SME company specialised in innovative urban mobility solutions being the most important Bikesharing operator in the metropolitan area of Valencia. The campaign “Global Ride to Rio” is strongly aligned with the mission of our company, to promote and deliver innovative mobility solutions for the development of more sustainable cities, enhancing the quality of life and the protecting the environment. For this reason we strongly support the campaign and we will collaborate in  different events to be celebrated in Spain and Brazil respectively: the “Kids Bike Festival” (Paterna) and the “Sustainable Cities Forum 2012 (Sao Caetano do Sul).



Michael Vogt


Riding a bicycle is far more then commuting from a to b. It is a great method to increase the quality of life. And as energy will be on of the biggest drivers of our daily life, cycling will be far more then a trend. It will be a change of habits in terms of urban mobility. I love that fact.



Cornelius Claudio Kreusch

Cornelius Claudio Kreusch


To cycle is fun, moves society forward & enables us to think clear. Feel the breeze in your face! – I am proud to be part of this joint effort amongst innovative thinking people, organizations & companies.



Manfred Neun

Manfred Neun

President of the European Cyclists’ Federation

Reasons Why I Support the “Ride to Rio” Campaign. All over the world cities are rapidly growing and require viable, sustainable transport solutions and the effects of increased mobility (congestion, air pollution etc.) are visible. We can also see that CYCLING CITIES are more livable, no matter what size they may be, have a higher quality of life for all citizens and are more sustainable cities in general. Decision Makers must therefore promote cycling and recognize the associated benefits of active mobility, increase investment in cycling infrastructure and promotion as well as implement cycling systematically across all tiers of government.


Hep Monatzeder

Hep Monatzeder

Mayor of the City of Munich

As a leading cycling city we also have an obligation to show leadership at world level, and one of the ways we can do this is by placing cycling center stage at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012. We need your help! Working with ECF we are supporting “The Global Ride to Rio”, a symbolic action to bring cycling onto our world stage.