The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to declare June 3 as World Bicycle Day after recognizing the fact that cycling has health as well as environmental benefits.
The day is observed to raise awareness and draw people’s attention towards the benefits of riding a bicycle. We all know that cycling is good not only for our health but also for the environment, as it is one of the zero pollution modes of transportation.
Cycling is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health, according to the UNGA.
The association has even welcomed the initiative to organize bicycle rides at the national, state, and local levels to promote physical as well as mental health.
Moderate intensity exercises, such as walking and cycling, have significant benefits for health. They can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a pathway for achieving greater health equity.”
An improved activity through cycling is healthy as well as equitable and cost-effective.
A bicycle contributes to cleaner air and less congestion. It also contributes to better education, healthcare, and other social services by making them more accessible to the most vulnerable populations.
The UN marks this day to raise awareness on the benefits of cycling because it ensures your overall fitness. Plus, cycling is more durable and helps in efforts towards sustainable development
Under normal circumstances, officials organize cycling-related events like slow-cycling competitions, cycle races, among others. But due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more likely that the officials promote cycling by organizing online events to discuss its benefits.
Some of the health benefits of regular cycling include increased endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility. This type of physical activity has also been found effective in reducing stress levels and obesity, which could eventually help in the prevention and management of certain diseases associated with stress and obesity.
This year’s World Bicycle Day Theme is “Cycling and Sustainable Development.” The UN considers bicycles a sustainable transport system that promotes economic growth. It reduces inequalities while bolstering the fight against climate change, which is critical to achieving the “Sustainable Development Goals.”