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World Bicycle Day: History, Significance, Theme and Benefits of Cycling

The United Nations in April 2018, declared June 3 as the World Bicycle Day and since then, this day is being celebrated to spread awareness about the benefits of cycling.
Kanishka By: Kanishka
Updated: Jun 03, 2020 12:50 IST
Highlights
  • June 3 is celebrated as World Bicycle Day across the globe.
  • The first World Bicycle Day was celebrated in the year 2018.
  • Cycling has a lot of environmental and health benefits.
World Bicycle Day: History, Significance, Theme and Benefits of Cycling
World Bicycle Day

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.

History of World Bicycle Day

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. 

Significance of World Bicycle Day

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. 

World Bicycle Day 2020 Celebrations

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. 

Benefits of Cycling

  • Incorporating cycling for 15-30 mins in your daily health regime will help you get rid of the extra belly fat, lose weight and get you in good shape. 
  • If you are suffering from insomnia and are unable to get proper sleep at night then you should certainly make it a habit to cycle everyday for 15-30 mins. This enhances the oxygen flow in the body, lowers the stress level and helps you get proper sleep. 
  • Lowers the risk of heart diseases and attacks.
  • Keeps the body and bones strong.
  • Enhances your energy and stamina.
  • Increases flexibility and muscle strength.

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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Having an intense love for everything smart, Kanishka is an enthusiastic writer. A keen reader who is mostly found reading a book, but not a bookaholic she writes best on gadgets and technology. Apart from it she is an avid traveler and likes to pen down her travel experiences. However she hasn’t ever restricted her writings and can write possibly on anything under the sun. When not absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, Kanishka loves cooking and eating and otherwise spends far too much time at the computer.

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