On 12 April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3rd World Bicycle Day, recognizing the uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for over two centuries. It also highlighted its benefits as a simple, affordable, reliable, clean, and environmentally fit and sustainable means of transportation, promoting health for all.
The bicycle is one of the most important inventions in the history of the planet. It provides millions of people with a means of transport powered by nothing other than their bodies. It’s practical, reliable, and helps one to stay fit. Many find that it’s a fun and hassle-free way to get around and take care of daily tasks.
World Bicycle Day is the United Nation’s attempt to recognize the vital importance of the bicycle across the globe. The bike has helped many families across the world to get access to cheap and reliable transportation. It’s no wonder so many partake in the celebration and want to get the word out to others about this exciting and eventful day.
Cycling is an environmentally sound, safe, and healthy way to travel from point A to B. It’s something that we need to do more of if we want to protect the world against the ravages of unsustainable CO2 production. It can save lives, help improve the environment, and support poverty reduction, and for these reasons, it deserves far more attention than it currently receives.
The United Nations launched World Bicycle Day for several reasons. The first was to recognize the sheer transformative impact of the bicycle on society. Pedal cycles give even the poorest people in the world access to transport services. Bikes allow them to visit friends, collect water, and buy groceries. The bicycle is a long-serving mode of transportation, which has helped practically every human community worldwide. All cultures and people alike can partake in the celebration and show their love for cycling.
The third purpose is to highlight the fact that many cities ignore the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Policymakers have a bias towards the motor vehicle, serving its needs instead of using environmentally-sound alternatives. World Bicycle Day, therefore, is a chance to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and promote measures to ensure better sharing of the roads. It’s a chance for people to demand improvements to road safety and cycling mobility through a change in policies and measurable activity that protects and promotes the safety of riders and pedestrians.
The fourth purpose is to help save lives and reduce poverty. Investing in pedestrian and cycle routes in cities can help cut the rate of deaths while also taking traffic off the roads and investing in safer modes of intra-city travel. Promoting cycling can also help to reduce poverty. By giving the poorest members of community access to transportation, they can more easily commute to places of work. It helps them to achieve greater health equity by reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, and even death.
Every day, and all around the world, people are doing good by simply choosing to cycle. Whether for personal reasons, such as health, freedom, independence; for the environment, by choosing a sustainable and active mobility mode over motorized transport; or to help others, by visiting a friend, grocery shopping for family, or transporting their kids to play in the park. This campaign aims to make such acts of kindness visible – and celebrate them around the world, connecting cyclists and stories with valuable social impact.