Unplanned development and emissions from factories and vehicles, not only have an adverse impact on the environment but also have ill effects on our personal health. When it comes to the environment, and our health we often forget the simplest things like a bicycle that could be beneficial not only for the environment but also for our health. June 3 has been marked as the World Bicycle Day and the idea behind celebrating this day is to recognise the longevity, uniqueness and versatility of the bicycle. Here we will be sharing the history, significance and benefits of cycling.
The United Nations General Assembly in the year 2018 declared June 3 as the World Bicycle Day. The decision came after a vigorous campaign led by Prof. Leszek Sibilski and his sociology students to promote United Nations (UN) resolution to designate a day that would celebrate and promote the use of the bicycle around the world. The campaign grew and was supported by Turkmenistan and 56 other nations.
The June 3 World Bicycle Day logo was designed by Isaac Feld. Along with this Prof. John E. Swanson designed an animation depicting bicyclists of various types riding around the globe. The animation sent across a strong message that, bicycle is for all and it serves humanity. Prof. Leszek Sibilski and his team advocated bicycle as a sustainable means of transport not only because it is simple and affordable but also because it has numerous environmental and health benefits.
The significance of World Bicycle Day is that it has been declared as a day to be enjoyed by all through riding bicycles. The idea behind is to motivate and inspire people to switch to bicycles as they are a more sustainable means of transport.
Due to the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the UN has urged people not to hold any public gatherings or rallies this year. However, for the past two years, the world has joined hands to celebrate World Cycle Day with much zest and enthusiasm. Public rallies, cycling marathons, and other events are organised to spread awareness.
Organizations, politicians, leaders, Bollywood celebrities and other prominent personalities have taken to social media this year to spread the awareness about cycling, its health and environmental benefits.
On #WorldBicycleDay, let's put the pedal to the metal and accelerate our journey towards a clean & green #FutureOfMobility.— NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) June 3, 2020
A smart & convenient solution for a healthier India. #HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/49RPLwIcy2
On World Bicycle Day, let's promote the use of cycle as it is a simple, affordable & environment-friendly means of transportation.— Diya Kumari (@KumariDiya) June 3, 2020
Ride a bicycle for good health & a healthier planet. #WorldBicycleDay pic.twitter.com/Y7x2jn7mks
Greetings on #WorldBicycleDay.— Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) June 3, 2020
Riding a bicycle is the summit of human endeavour - an almost neutral environmental effect coupled with the ability to travel substantial distances without disturbing anybody. pic.twitter.com/yvBwZBJjgA
On World Bicycle Day, I call upon people to promote the use of cycle as it is a simple, affordable and environment-friendly means of transportation.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) June 3, 2020
There is a need to develop a culture of cycling in view of its beneficial impact on health & climate. #WorldBicycleDay pic.twitter.com/JU2Ws1FHjm
The more we use bicycles, the more we will approach our goal of #FitIndiaMovement, and also it will help to keep the pollution levels down. Not only it is cheap and effective, but it will also be a fashion once we all start!— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) June 3, 2020
Greetings on #WorldBicycleDay ! pic.twitter.com/48duvUNQGk
Today is #WorldBicycleDay 🚲— UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) June 3, 2020
This is an opportunity to take stock of the benefits of the bicycle both for staying healthy & as a sustainable mode of transport during (and after) the global crisis: https://t.co/eylBmscTUB#ForNature pic.twitter.com/5yIJsE8QMh
The wheels of the cycle are believed to give speed to the Indian economy post freedom. Even after decades of independence cycle was considered to be an essential medium of transportation and most of the families owned a cycle. Even the entire postal department was dependent upon cycle. Even today in many Indian villages postmen use cycles as a medium to distribute letters and other postal documents.
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