World Bicycle Day 2020 – Date, Significance
- World Bicycle Day is observed on June 3. The day is celebrated to lay emphasis on the benefits of cycling. Riding a bicycle is not only good for one’s health but is also good for the environment.
- As per the World Health Organization (WHO), safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a step towards achieving greater health equity. Apart from the umpteen health and environmental benefits of cycling, it must also be noted that a cycle is also the most affordable form of transport.
- On this day, various cycling events are organised in order to promote the culture of cycling in the society. However, this year no such events will be conducted due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
- Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu took to Twitter to urge people to take up cycling. He said, “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. There is a need to develop a culture of cycling in view of its beneficial impact on health & climate.”
Founding of World Bicycle Day-
- It all began when Professor Leszek Sibilski of the US and his Sociology class led a grassroots campaign to promote a UN Resolution to designate a day that would celebrate and promote the use of the bicycle around the world. The campaign grew, and the resolution was sponsored by Turkmenistan and co-sponsored by 56 countries.
- A #June3WorldBicycleDay logo was designed by Isaac Feld and an accompanying animation, which depicts bicyclists of various types riding around the globe, was created by Professor John E. Swanson.
- The main message behind it was to show that the bicycle is for all and that it serves all of humanity. The two are also behind the creation of the current blue and white logo and animation.
Significance of World Bicycle Day-
- The significance behind World Bicycle Day is that it is a global holiday that is meant to be enjoyed by all.
- The idea for the day is to motivate and inspire people towards having more tolerance, understanding and respect for one another. The other thing is that the bicycle signifies a more sustainable means of transport that is not only good for people but for the environment and the economy too.