June 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
For many people their only knowledge of the Galapagos Islands is it is the place where Charles Darwin came up with the theory of Evolution. Of those who have heard of it the majority think the Galapagos is a series of islands and rocks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean deserted expect for its unusual wildlife – like Giant Tortoises, Blue Footed Boobies and Sea Lions.
Prior to the Galapagos Islands becoming the Galapagos National Park, the islands had several small villages where locals lived by fishing and farming. Over the past 40 years, Galapagos Cruises and tourism in general has seen a tremendous growth and with this growth new economic opportunities and an influx in the population. In the late 1990’s the Galapagos faced an economic gold rush, as the country’s banking system fell apart and their currency was abandoned the Galapagos offered employment with good pay.
Santa Cruz the central most island also has the largest population with an estimated to have a population of 30,000. With these numbers come concerns over education, creating opportunities for youths and positive direction for the future. This dedicated cycling group made up of members ranging from 6 to 16 can be seen in their green and blue bike kits riding up and down the roads of Santa Cruz Island.
In the recent National Cycling Championship the Galapagos Team took first place with 5 gold medals, three silver medals, and 6 bronze.
The Galapagos Cycling Team invites cyclists world wide to become a Facebook Friend and to join them for a ride if they visit the Galapagos.
Further supporting the cycling efforts in the Galapagos when President Rafael Correa arrived in Puerto Ayora on June 3rd he was asked “Mr. President Bicivilízate with us”.
The Foundation “A change for life”, chaired by Patricio Proaño Moreno, supports the policy of “Galapagos, zero fossil fuel” through the use of bicycles rather than a sport as an alternative mobility in the islands.
To strengthen this initiative, we gave the president a feasibility analysis prepared by the Galapagos National Park, to build a bike path to Santa Cruz Island.
There are 350 riders who make up the campaign Bicivilízate “which will be extended to the islands of San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.