Utility cycling

encompasses any cycling

Utility cycling encompasses any cycling done simply as a means of transport rather than as a sport or leisure activity. It is the original and most common type of cycling in the world.[1]

Cycling in Amsterdam
Bike riders in Beijing

Utility or "transport" cycling generally involves travelling short and medium distances (several kilometres, not uncommonly 3–15 kilometers one way, or somewhat longer), often in an urban environment. It includes commuting for example going to work, school or university, going shopping and running errands, as well as heading out to see friends and family or for other social activities.


  1. Herlihy, David (2004). Bicycle: the History. Yale University Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-300-10418-9.