“No comparison of the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” -John F. Kennedy. Bicycle is a sustainable, affordable and eco-friendly means of transport that keeps you fit! Honouring bicycling as a way to bring a sustainable form of travelling that can also ensure your physical well-being, World Bicycle Day is celebrated on June 3 every year. Let’s know more about why we celebrate World Bicycle Day, how it celebrated and how bicycling can make you physically fit and get the fresh air you need!
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Who Founded World Bicycle Day?
The Polish Social Scientist, Professor Leszek Sibilski is the founder of World Bicycle Day. Teaching in the USA, Sibilski led a campaign with his sociology classes to spread awareness about the UN resolution for world bicycle day. His campaign got colossal cooperation from Turkmenistan and 56 other countries. The logo of the day was originally designed by the UN, which is of blue and white colour. It was designed by Isaac Feld and the animation part was done by Professor John E. Swanson, which depicts various bicyclists riding from all over the globe. The hashtag that is used just below the logo is #June3WorldBicycleDay. The main message shown is that the bicycle is for all irrespective of all the differentiation made by mankind. It serves all of humanity.
The bicycle day was first declared on 3 June, 2018.
Why is it Celebrated?
The most important aspect of World Bicycle Day is that it is global and can be celebrated around the world. Everyone can enjoy a bicycle ride, starting from a poor family to Bill Gates! Here are some reasons behind the significance of World Bicycle Day:
- It encourages people about road safety measures and promotes pedestrian safety and bicycle mobility.
- It also appeals to the member states to focus on various developmental projects regarding bicycle awareness and promote bicycles in international, national, local development policies and programmes.
- It also promotes road safety and the need to improve transport infrastructure planning and development.
How to Celebrate the World Bicycle Day?
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to gather together and celebrate, although this day has been celebrated with full coordination in 2018 and 2019. Generally, people would just roam around the town with their cycles and may organise certain events relating to bicycles. Since social distancing is maintained nowadays, people may just bicycle on their own and enjoy!
Ways to Create Awareness
- In educational institutions, students may be encouraged to use bicycles more than bikes and cars. They should further teach students that riding a bicycle in the early morning gives you a lot of fresh air and keeps a check on your health. Speeches and competitions may be organised to get active participation from students.
- Bicycle rallies are also organised around the world on this day and awareness about the benefits of bicycling for physical health and well-being is ensured.
How can Bicycling Improve Your Health?
Here are some of the most benefits of bicycling on your physical and mental well-being:
- Cycling is an aerobic activity that is good for curing heart disease.
- It is beneficial for the heart, muscles, lungs and helpful for overall body workout.
- It increases muscle strength and flexibility, especially that of arms and legs.
- It reduces stress and tension.
- It helps in improving cardiovascular fitness and in getting flexible joints.
- It is also beneficial for improving body posture and coordination.
- Strong bones and leg muscles can be achieved by cycling as it helps in burning body fats thus reducing obesity.
- Prevention or management of diseases.
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World Bicycle Day Quotes
- Save the Planet. Ride a cycle.
- You can’t be sad while riding a bicycle.
- Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you’ll have to keep moving. – Albert Einstein.
- When in doubt, pedal it out.
- Ever bike? Now that’s something which makes life worth living.
- “Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual but the world at large.” – Emeritus professor of Environmental Policy, Berlin.
Thus, we hope that this blog on World Bicycle Day 2021 encouraged you to take out your bicycle and go for a breezy ride! Stay tuned to Leverage Edu for more such interesting reads!