In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle 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 it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport.”
World Bicycle Day 2021 to be celebrated on Thursday, 3rd June 2021.
- Encourages Member States to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes;
- 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;
- Encourages stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace;
- Encourages Member States to adopt best practices and means to promote the bicycle among all members of society, and in this regard welcomes 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.
History Of World Bicycle Day – Professor Leszek J. Sibilski
The man behind the observance of “World Bicycle Day” is Professor Leszek J. Sibilski. He had been a member of the Polish national cycling team for ten years. He also worked as a sports reporter, covering major cycling events throughout the globe. He is also a social activist and had been advocating in the UN, the rights for persons with disabilities.
Three years prior to the announcement of “World Bicycle Day”, Professor Sibilski embarked on an academic project to study the role of bicycles in development. He had little idea that the project would inspire a massive advocacy effort to have the United Nations designate a day to promote the use of bicycle around the world.
It all began with Sibilski’s two blogs. The first one he wrote in February 2015. The blog was titled “Cycling is Everyone’s Business”. The second blog came a year later and is supposed to have hit the mark. The second blog was titled – “Why is there no World Day for the Bicycle”.
Two weeks later of his second blog Professor Sibilski got an opportunity to present his case for “World Bicycle Day” at a “Scientists for Cycling” conference in Taipei, Taiwan. The presentation was effective and fruitful, as the conference recognized that declaration of a “World Bicycle Day” was indeed justified.
The cause was hugely supported by Turkmenistan, whose officials at the UN worked hard in cooperation with Professor Sibilski to make the “World Bicycle Day” a reality. Finally, on 12th April 2018, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution designating 3rd of June as the “world Bicycle Day”.
Why celebrate the bicycle?
Regular physical activity of moderate intensity – such as walking, cycling, or doing sports – has significant benefits for health. At all ages, the benefits of being physically active outweigh potential harm, for example through accidents. Some physical activity is better than none. By becoming more active throughout the day in relatively simple ways, people can quite easily achieve the recommended activity levels.
The mobility needs of people who walk and cycle – often the majority of citizens in a city – continue to be overlooked, states Share the Road Programme Annual Report 2018, even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can save lives, help protect the environment and support poverty reduction. Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 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.
- The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation;
- The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport;
- The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment;
- The bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate.
Acknowledging the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health, the General Assembly decided to declare 3 June World Bicycle Day.
It encouraged stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace.
The Assembly welcomed 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.
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