Men on mission

National Pedagogical College "Stephen the Great"
2018/2019
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We've been thinking about our cities and all the problems that these cities are currently facing,such as the pollution made by cars and that's why we have tried to promote cycling in our city.

The ideas

We've been thinking about our cities and all the problems that these cities are currently facing, like the garbage thrown on the streets, cycling tracks, noise pollution, air pollution, lack of green spaces,  so we decided to make a change. But, where should  we start from? What young people like us could actually do? After careful thinking and discussions, we’ve decided to fight with the pollution made by cars! And that’s why we have tried to promote cycling in our city by 1) trying to get people's attention, 2) make people think about the topic of mobility and 3) try to change the people's mentality which will be reflected in new behaviors.   

The initiatives

The message we wanted to share is actually'' THE CHANGE STARTS WITH US!'' and we wanted to  convince people to use their bikes.If we can create a new beginning for some people who decide to make use of the bike instead of pollutant vehicles, this people is also creating a new future for our cities, for our planet!

Since the beginning we have cooperated very well with  a bicycle store in our city named ,,Happy Sport” . They’ve been so nice to us, they rented us bikes and in return, we promoted them in our posters! To share some posters it's not enough and we decided to get people's attention this way: we rented those bikes and we started riding them in the park (which is in front of the bicycle store) because we wanted everybody to see us as a very big group that does bring attention to it due to the substantial number of members who are not included in any competition, who actually do that for the fun of it. We raced against each other, like ‘’ who gets there first?’’, we had laughter, and people were staring at us and they were all smiling. Because we have just shown them  how much fun it’s to ride a bike! One girl told us that she forgot how beautiful  it is to ride a bike and other girl asked us where she could rent a bike from  and, of course we showed both girls where we rented ours. When the boy who works in there bicycle shop saw us coming with two other persons, he asked us is he can join us! That was awesome! After that we invited them to ride with us. 

We also played with kids we have found in the park  to show them the fun stuff of any bike so they can fall in love with bikes. We wanted that the kids that we've been playing with , to understand how fun  riding a bike is, and how many advantages  bike riding brings, the advantages  that we actually have told them when they were drawing with chalk on the ground, such us: relaxation, a healthy and a stronger body and saving the planet! soon after we finished drawing, we heard  most kids telling their parents or attendants that they  want to ride a bike that very day and every day after this! 

We are just glad we could  do something to promote bike riding!

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