The World Bicycle Day was globally celebrated on 3rd June. In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3rd as International World Day. The resolution for World Bicycle Day recognizes “the Uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the Bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation.
Encourages Member States to devote particular attention to policies and programmers to include the Bicycle in national and sub-national development and Encourages Member States to adopt best practices and means to promote the Bicycle Among all members of society, and in this regard will ones initiatives to organize Bicycle rides at the national and local levels as a means of Strengthening physical and mental health and well-being and developing a culture of cycling in society.
Encourages stakeholders to emphasize the use of the Bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, including physical education, promoting health, strengthening education, for children and Young people, preventing Disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of people. Encourages Member States to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport Infrastructure planning and design, in particular through policies and measures to actively protect and promote pedestrian safety and cycling mobility, with a view to broader health outcomes, particularly the prevention of injuries and non-communicable diseases.
According to the World Health Organization, safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a pathway for achieving greater health equity for the poorest urban sector who often cannot afford private vehicles, walking and cycling can provide a form of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, Diabetes, and even death. Accordingly, improved active transport is not only healthy, it is also equitable and cost-effective.
History of World Bicycle Day:-
In 2018, (UNGA) the United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd June as World Bicycle Day to observe the day as a celebration of “Uniqueness, longevity, and versatility” of the Bicycle. Professor Leszek Sibilski of Montgomery College, Maryland, United States with his sociology class petitioned for the bicycle to have its own day to recognize all its good qualities.
Professor Sibilski and his class then led a glass roots campaign to promote a UN Resolution for World Bicycle Day which used social media to spread word globally and nominated 3 June to mark as World Bicycle Day. The campaign eventually gained the support of Turkmenistan and 56 other countries and was finally materialized in 2018. When the UN declared it a World Holiday.
Significance of World Bicycle Day :-
World Bicycle Day is a global Holiday meant to be enjoyed by all people regardless of any characteristics. The day highlights Bicycle as an affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit Sustainable means of transportation also as they do not produce any air- borne pollutants, fumes, greenhouse gases and even reduce countries Carbon foot prints. The bicycle as a symbol of human progress and advancement “(promotes) tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and (Facilities) social inclusion and a culture of peace”.
World Bicycle Day is now being associated with promoting a healthy lifestyle. Amsterdam leads the number with 40% of all it’s commuters use a bicycle to go to work.
Worldwide Celebrations of World Bicycle Day:-
In an effort to bring Bicycle and cycling habit back in fashion, In New York, the World Bicycle Day event saw the participation of various countries including Turkmenistan, Bahrain, Canada, Indonesia and even India’s Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin and his team. In 2018, Vice president Venkaiah Naidu, and then Minister for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the adoption of bike sharing system in the core area of New Delhi.
In 2018, also days ahead of World Bicycle Day Celebration in Bengaluru appointed it’s first ever ‘Bicycle Mayor’ the first of its Kind India, Satya Shankaran.
Facts of the Bicycle Day :-
The bicycle is a simple, reliable, affordable and environment- friendly means of transportation. The bicycle is a symbol of Sustainable transportation and fuel saving and the usage of bicycle gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment. The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and a source of access to education, health care and sport.
Why should be Celebrate the bicycle ?
The bicycle is a simple, reliable, affordable, environment- friendly and is uncomplicated sustainable means of transportation. It can used as a tool to bolster development by helping people with better access to education, health, mobility, social engagement and enable them to be more aware of the environment they live in.
Who designed the logo for World Bicycle Day ?
The logo adopted to represent World Bicycle Day has been designed by Issac Feld while the animation that accompanies it has been designed by Professor John E. Swanson. The logo represents various types of bicyclists around the globe and drives home the point that the bicycle belongs to and serves all. The hashtag #June3WorldBicycleDay is placed below the logo
How to celebrate World Bicycle Day?
Your Voluntary contributions will help cover the cost and ensure that events related to the World Bicycle Day can be held annually. You can participate in events promoting cycling day, share your best moments on social media and developments related to World Bicycle Day by using the hashtag #June3WorldBicycleDay. As a bicycle fan you can participate by holding a riding gettogether and getting people involved to go for a ride on their bicycles.
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