World Bicycle Day

World Bicycle Day - Monday, June 3, 2024

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For many of us, riding a bicycle without training wheels is the first challenging physical activity we ever learn how to master. We all remember, don’t we? A running start. The protective hand secured to the bicycle seat is released. And then — ZOOM! — the child is off and peddling, and a lifetime of adventure and freedom awaits aboard a succession of beloved two-wheeled conveyances. In the spirit of that very first trip, let’s take a closer look at World Bicycle Day, June 3, shall we?

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.

History of World Bicycle Day

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.

How to Celebrate World Bicycle Day

There are many reasons why celebrating World Bicycle Day is essential to the health of individuals and the environment. It’s a sustainable means of transportation that’s simple to use, affordable, and is reliable for those who may not have access to a car. It provides access to education, health care, and physical activity for those who don’t have any other means of transportation.

It gives users an immediate awareness of the local environment and fosters creativity and social engagement among community members. The positive impact on the climate and one’s health simply can’t be overlooked. The bicycle offers a sustainable transportation solution and a way for people to show their support for creating a better environment and planet.

Anyone can do their part and partake in the day by celebrating in unique and fun ways. First, you can donate to a cycle scheme. Many nonprofits are looking for ways to increase the number of bicycles that people use in developing countries. Many view it as a cheap solution that makes transporting food and water around much more manageable.

Second, you can cycle to work, college or school, on your bicycle instead of using the car. One will be able to avoid traffic jams and the cost of gas. One will likely find this to be a more enjoyable and stress-free way to get around. There’s no gas money required, and the fresh air will feel wonderful. Using a bicycle will help cut down on CO2 emissions as well. It’s also an excellent way to get some exercise and stay healthy. There’s no denying the feeling one has after being out in nature and exerting some pent up energy.

Third, a person can encourage other people to use their bicycles to get around town by sharing World Cycle Day hashtags on social media. More and more people are engaging online and wanting to express themselves through these social media platforms. It’s possible that together individuals will be able to make this cause go viral and make impactful changes to the environment and wellness of each other. Someone can also encourage others to use this means of transportation by inviting a companion to ride a bike with them to a friend’s house or to run errands.

And finally, one can celebrate and participate in World Bicycle Day by lobbying to local government to improve cycle and pedestrian mobility in the city. Attend a meeting in the area to voice concerns and recommendations for making bicycling around town easier and more accessible to those in the community. All it takes is a few individuals who are willing to speak up and express viewpoints around this topic to inspire and motivate change.

It’s clear that World Bicycle Day is something that anyone can get involved with, even if they don’t ride a bike. Communities will thrive, individuals will be in better health, and the environment will take a turn for the better when cycling becomes the focus. There are so many positive results that emerge from World Bicycle Day that it’s certainly worth celebrating. It’s an opportunity to spark more appreciation for this simple yet beneficial means of transportation and to get everyone thinking about all the good reasons cycling should receive acknowledgment and public attention. 

World Bicycle Day timeline

April 12, 2018

Stamp of approval

The United Nations officially designates June 3 as World Bicycle Day.

March 2016

Sibilski appears at Scientists for Cycling

Sibilski speaks at the Scientists for Cycling colloquium in Taipei, Taiwan, and argues for a World Bicycle Day.

February 2016

World bicycle day gathers momentum

Professor Sibilski publishes another blog post for the World Bank titled "Why is there no world day for the bicycle?" Momentum begins to build.

February 2015

The movement begins

Leszek Sibilski, a sociology professor and cycling and physical education activist, writes a blog post for the World Bank titled, "Cycling Is Everyone’s Business."

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bicycles

  1. It's a dandy

    The "dandy horse," and early forerunner of the bicycle, was invented by German Karl Drais and patented in February 1818. It was heavy — almost 50 pounds! — and powered by running the rider's feet along the ground.

  2. Put the pedal down

    A blacksmith in Scotland named Kirkpatrick Macmillan is generally credited with inventing the first pedal-driven bicycle in 1839.

  3. A French bicyclist in America

    Frenchman Pierre Lallement, living in Connecticut, filed the earliest American patent application for a pedal bicycle in 1866.

  4. Safety first

    The "safety bicycle" was designed by English engineer Harry Lawson in 1876. It is now the most common type of bicycle, although nobody calls it by its original name anymore.

World Bicycle Day Activities

  1. Plan a trip

    No matter where you are in the world, we're sure that your city or town will look completely different once you start to explore it by bicycle. Many cities have dedicated bike lanes that allow you to ride at your own pace and convenience. And many bicyclists love to get outside of town to take in the sweeping vistas and wind-in-your-hair excitement of rural bicycling.

  2. Acknowledge the worldwide celebration

    European Cyclists’ Federation Secretary General Dr. Bernhard Ensink says of the United Nations' declaration of June 3 as World Bicycle Day: "Cycling is a source for social, economic and environmental benefits, and it is bringing people together."

  3. Spread the word

    World Bicycle Day is pretty much brand new — adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in April 2018. Let everyone know about this super cool celebration.

Why We Love World Bicycle Day

  1. It's great exercise

    Millions of people around the world use a bicycle as their primary means of transportation, meaning they get a healthy dose of physical activity as part of their daily routines. World Bicycle Day is the day to join them (if you don’t bike every day already!) as a special celebration of one of history’s best inventions.

  2. It's good for the environment

    The only power needed to ride a bicycle is foot power (or perhaps peddle power). And there's no dirty exhaust fumes to clog and smog up the air.

  3. It's social

    We get to share the road — and share your sense of adventure — with your fellow bicycling like-minds.

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