UN’s Cycling and Sustainable Development Goals

Making transportation more sustainable is of critical importance for humanity and the planet. Moreover, active mobility is a human right on all scales – including the right to cycle. Governments at all levels should provide safe access to public space, protect those that walk and cycle, and ensure – through mobility – equal participation in society. Investment in better conditions for cycling – including e-cycling, cargo cycling, and public bicycles – will help achieve the Global Goals as cycling is directly linked to 11 of the Goals laid out by the United Nations. 

Cycling is one of the most sustainable modes of transportation. By making bikes more functional, we believe more people will choose to cycle rather than going by car. Whether you use your bike to commute, run errands, or take longer trips, deciding to bike instead of hopping on public transportation or into a car means you are limiting your carbon footprint.

As one of the most innovative and experienced manufacturers of bicycle components in Sweden, we know a thing or two about sustainability. The best thing we can do for the environment is to make high-quality products that last. That way, we eliminate the need to buy and manufacture new parts all the time. Instead of following fast fashion trends and compromising quality, we focus on timeless design, function, and durability. We view sustainability as an integral part of all our activities and our daily work.

Since 2018, Krister Lindén and Roger Pettersson, our Product/R&D Manager and Purchase/Quality Manager respectively, have been on SIS’ board of international experts to help develop new standards for safety, production, and performance in the bike industry.

What is SIS?

The Swedish Institute for Standards is an international organization specialized in national and international standards. SIS consists of over 4000 experts from 1700 organizations and operates across all areas of society: including industry, academia, the public sector, and non-governmental organizations.

What is a standard?

Standards are jointly agreed on solutions to recurrent problems. They are found in every area: from the simplest nail and screw to data communications, healthcare, and the environment. Standards have an impact on virtually every aspect of our lives. All SIS’ national and international standards are based on, developed through, and quality-assured by the SIS standardization process. These standards are established within a broad range of industries and business sectors. The application of standards is voluntary but may function as an obligatory reference, as in the regulatory and procurement processes adopted by public authorities. SIS Standards are formal Swedish standards and international standards developed by SIS (Sweden), CEN (Europe), and the ISO (global).


A standard may contain product-performance requirements, describe how they may be tested, or define services and how they should be performed. It may also contain joint terminology or describe common symbols and signs. The broad aim of standards is to facilitate trade and communication. Others are to:

  • Define clear guidelines for consistent function and quality.
  • Improve processes and make them more efficient.
  • Increase transparency and simplify comparison.
  • Increase safety and accessibility.
  • Conserve resources and reduce environmental impact.
  • Promote development.