“The secret is not to take care of the butterflies but rather from the garden so that they come to you. After all, you will find not the one you were looking for, but the one who was looking for you!
The 2nd World Bicycle Forum Assembly, congregated on February 24th 2013, after days of discussions and debates on the changing of cities for the use of bicycles and on the motto Cycling for Change, reaffirms that:
We are in favor of cities thought out for people, where leisure and green spaces are valued and not
reduced. We are in favor of the extension of public spaces, be them for leisure or pedestrian circulation, for it is in them that city life takes place.
We are in favor of urban mobility, of intelligent and efficient transit solutions. We believe that traffic issues are solved by the investing and valuing of quality public transportation, of pedestrians and of bicycles, which should have the preference over private automobiles from the planning of streets to the making of laws.
We are in favor of more human cities, where people – be them children, adults, elderly or people with disabilities – need not be afraid of the streets, but rather can be part of them,
feeling valued, respected and cared for.
We are in favor of trees, from the ones inherited from decades ago and part of our history and daily life, embellishing the city, providing us with shade and oxygen, providing for milder temperatures and reducing the atmospheric and sound pollution caused by automobiles, to the new sprouts that will serve our future generations.
We are in favor of progress, but we believe that remodeling works aimed at automobile circulation are not it, for they are opposed to the idea of cities for the people; we want to follow the example of the world’s most progressive cities, which have realized that the automobile is not a solution for urban mobility and that their circulation should be reduced and discouraged.
We are in favor of communities staying in their place of origin. We believe the removal of communities to the outskirts of cities to be an attack on human rights and an inversion of values, where the profit of some corporations is held above the fundamental rights of human beings and the flow of automobiles is worth more that community life.
We are in favor of direct, participative democracy, of dialogue and of thorough openness.
Bearing in mind that cities are built by and are the reflection of the actions and habits of people living in them, we would like to invite everyone to cycle for change.
2nd World Bicycle Forum Assembly
Porto Alegre, February 24th 2013