World Bicycle Day 2021 is on Saturday, 3 June 2021. The fourth World Bicycle Day is being celebrated on this date.
The United Nations celebrated the first World Bicycle Day on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at UN General Assembly in New York.
UN officials, diplomats, athletes, advocates of the cycling community spoke at the inaugural event in New York, sharing the many ways bicycles serve the people who ride them.
In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 June of every year as World Bicycle Day. The Day is the result of Leszek Sibilski’s campaign and the support of Turkmenistan and 56 other countries for World Bicycle Day.
Isaac Feld with the assistance of Professor John E. Swanson designed the logo for World Bicycle Day. This logo symbolizes various types of bicyclists around the globe. The basic message is to show that the bicycle belongs to and serves all of humanity.
Why Celebrate World Bicycle Day?
Facts of Bicycle Day
- Bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, and environment-friendly means of transportation.
- A bicycle can serve as a tool for development and a source of access to education, health care, and sport.
- The usage of a bicycle gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment.
- Bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and fuel saving.
Importance and Effects of World Bicycle Day
- Encourages the Member States to devote particular attention to policies and programmers to include the bicycle in national and sub-national development.
- Encourages the Member States to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable cycling mobility to protect pedestrian safety.
- Encourages stakeholders to emphasize the use of the bicycle as a means of strengthening education, including physical education, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and facilitating social inclusion.
- Encourages the Member States to adopt best practices and means to develop and promote the culture of cycling in society.
Events and Celebrations of World Bicycle Day
Activities of World Bicycle Day
- In educational institutes, students can be motivated by speeches about the benefits of bicycles.
- Bicycle rally and race can be an important element for this Day.
- If you are active enough, you can celebrate International World Bicycle Day with a ride in support of bicycles.
Bicycle Benefits and Projects
Through the following bicycle projects the socioeconomic position of middle-class families can be improved, besides the bicycle is an environment-friendly mode of transport.
With bicycles, students can combine their household and school chores, they can reach school in time despite the long distances and are not exhausted in class anymore due to the long walk and can pay more attention in class.
In third world countries, health care volunteers with bicycles can visit more patients in a wide area in a day. This enables them to make their health care services more efficient and effective to attend emergencies. For pregnant mothers, the instant benefit of this improved health care system is that they will be monitored more closely before and after giving birth and more childbirths will be supervised with skilled health care workers.
Government workers and private job holders can save money and fuel by the usage of bicycles. A small study in Canada published last year that cycling to work can help to get your day off to a better start, they noted that the people who commuted to work on their bikes arrived in a better mood with a lower level of stress than those who took the car. This positive effect also boosted the work performance of cyclists in general.
Farmers can access markets easily with bicycles and can have access to agriculture inputs like quality seeds, fertilizers, water, etc. This enables them to sell their crops at farther markets.
Physical Benefits of Bicycle
Lower risk of heart disease
UK research published last year that cycling or walking to work can lower the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) or stroke. The large-scale study shows who use cycling to travel, has an 11% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and a 30% lower risk of fatal CVD. Regular cycling in spare time has a 43% lower risk of fatal CVD. Even those who are not regular commuters but took the bike occasionally get an 8% lower risk of all-cause mortality.
Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes
Research of the University of Southern Denmark reveals that cycling can help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that those who cycled regularly were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, even those who took up regular cycling at a later age still benefited themselves from a 20% lower risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes than non-cyclists.
Extra weight loss
UK researchers who compared the daily modes of transport of nearly 150,000 participants found that cycling was one of the most effective forms of exercise for keeping trim and losing weight. Those who cycled to work had lower BMIs and body fat than those who walked.
It’s safe for sexual health
The research by the University of California, found that male cyclists’ sexual and urinary health was no worse than swimmers’ or runners’, although adjusting the handlebar height to be higher or even with the saddle reduced the chance of genital numbness and saddle sores. Researchers from UC San Francisco also found that high-intensity cyclists may benefit from improved sexual function.
Bicycle Day Quotes
“Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual but the world at large.” Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy, Berlin,
“No comparison of the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
John F. Kennedy
“When you are riding hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall; otherwise you’re not riding hard.”
Former US president George Bush
“People love cycling but hate cyclists.”
“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”
Iris Murdoch, ‘The Red and the Green’
A bicycle is an industrial revolution in an individual’s life.”
F. K. Day, founder and president, World Bicycle Relief, 2012
“We are not blocking traffic, we are traffic.”
Cycle advocacy slogans