Bicycles are also useful tools which have the power to draw people together. They have the power to define people’s sense of identity and personality. In many cases, people see bicycles as extensions of themselves and as a reflection of who they are. Therefore, bikes work almost as an extension of the human body.
But what kind of social impact did bicycles brought about? Bicycles are thought to be responsible for a few social movements including socialism and feminism in the late nineteenth century, and environmentalism in the early twentieth century. For example, bicycles have played a key role in fostering independence and emancipation for women in the United States and Europe in the 1890s. With regards to socialism and the bike, over the years the industrial scale production of bikes meant that they became more accessible to everyone, meaning affordable transport for all. In terms of environmental issues, cycling is the key means of intra-urban mobility due to its high green credentials and sustainability´.
Believe it or not, bicycles even played a tiny but still significant role in human evolution. Steve Jones, a quite prominent geneticist says that “there is little doubt that the most important event in recent human evolution was the invention of the bicycle.” This was mainly because back in the days the bicycle allowed residents in rural and small communities to pedal to other towns to find a mate, and in this way avoiding marrying their cousins.