franceinfo takes a step back and examines the major players in the sport on what the crisis of the sars coronavirus has taught them, and how they see the sport in the company of after. For Michel Callot, with the déconfinement the bike “takes on a more and more important in the mobility”.A man travels on a bike path in Nice, on may 13, 2020 (photo illustration). (VALERY HACHE / AFP)
In parallel of its missions in purely sporting, Michel Caillot, president of the French cycling Federation (FFC) takes place in a more holistic approach, let’s say a citizen of his sport. “We saw the frustration that has created the containment, and the difficulty to finally be able to use his bike for those who do so regularly, “says Michel Callot. And then vice versa at the time of the déconfinement, it was felt to be reinforcing the emergence of what it felt like to come but more slowly in our society, that is to say, a lift of the bike which takes a more and more important in the mobility compared to other means of transport.”
Then the president of the FFC see it as an opportunity to develop the role of the bicycle in society : “The first pane this is the pane discount in the saddle. We can see that a lot of French people who return, or who wish to resume the bike to go to work, for example, are not necessarily very comfortable with this gear.” To help the French, “it was all a cycle of learning. It is a short course, it is not to pass the days but a few hours to be able to return safely to the people at the bike, and, of course, the decline also through the knowledge roll for the young.”
Bicycle Plan and construction sports
Another challenge, support and provide guidance to communities or businesses in the implementation of their cycling plan : “I’ll give you a very concrete example : if you create a cycle link to a train station to go to an industrial area or business area, you have solved half of the problem. But if you make this investment in the disconnecting of an investment on the way to park the bike, eventually you’re going to find yourself with a bike lane that will be little used. The elected officials who will make this observation that will say : finally it has made an investment that is not used to much…”
Prospects who do not forget the federation’s vast building athletes of the future around the competition. What format ? What calendar ? Profound transformations have to be considered but it is too early to talk about it specifically said Michel Caillot, it is a journey that begins.