3rd June

UN declared 3rd June as the World Bicycle Day in April 2018. As they said, International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. International days are proposed by member states to the UN General Assembly. This Assembly determines by consensus whether to adopt the resolution establishing the particular day, 3rd June in this case.

Leszek Sibilski leaded a campaign to promote a resolution of the UN for the International Bicycle Day. It went ahead thanks to the support of 57 countries. Finally, it was adopted by a consensus of 193 member states. The International Bicycle Day logo was designed by Isaac Feld and professor John F. Swanson defined the one’s animation.

Why do we celebrate it? The bicycle is simple, affordable, reliable, clean, environmentally sustainable of transportation, and improves your health. UN acknowledged bike as the uniqueness, longevity and versatility which has been in use for two centuries. Indeed, they encourages member states to:

  • pay special attention to the bike cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes

  • improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design, in particular through policies and measures to actively protect and promote pedestrian safety and cycling mobility, with a view to broader health outcomes, particularly the prevention of injuries and non-communicable diseases

  • emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace

  • adopt best practices and means to promote the bicycle among all members of society, and in this regard welcomes initiatives to organize bicycle rides at the national and local levels as a means of strengthening physical and mental health and well-being and developing a culture of cycling in society

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