How long has it been since you’ve ridden a bike? Do you have a bike gathering dust in your basement or garage, or do you ride often for fun, exercise, or transportation and don’t even think about how revolutionary and important bicycles are? Bikes have been around for hundreds of years, and continue to be the most economical and sensible way to get around cities, yet we have allowed automobiles to take over our lives (and real estate) on city streets and neighborhoods. Our suburbs are literally covered in asphalt. Let’s get on a bikes on June 3rd and make a statement for bicycling in every community in the US!
On June 3, 2018, the first official World Bicycle Day will be celebrated.
Acknowledging the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health, the General Assembly decided to declare 3 June World Bicycle Day.
Why celebrate the bicycle?
- The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation;
- The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport;
- The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment;
- The bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate.