The First World Bike Day

June 3rd, 2018 is the first World Bicycle Day, and the world is a wildly different place compared to the early years of the bicycle. As technology, science, and innovations have evolved since the first rudimentary bike was created over 200 years ago, there have been numerous warnings about how these advances impact the earth and its inhabitants, as well as our ability to sustain this growth without causing irreversible harm.

There are daily observances and steps taken to encourage sustainability, such as the promotion of recycling, the increased use of email over paper printed mail, companies and residences using solar powered energy over nuclear powered electricity, and the utilization of electric cars over gas powered ones. The UN has been a long-standing promoter of the idea of sustainability and encourages the use of sustainable resources. In September 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals, called Envision 2030.

World Bicycle Day was first proposed because it acknowledged that 11 of the 17 Envision 2030 goals were in some way directly linked to cycling – a significant figure for something often considered a sport or hobby. But for those of us who know the profound joy, thrill, and benefits the bike brings, it may come as no surprise that the bicycle can help change the world.

Photo Credit: ECF/WCA (European Cyclists’ Federation/World Cycling Alliance)*

 

The Envision 2030 Goals that Bikes Help Solve:

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Gender Equality
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economy Growth
  • Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Partnership for the Goals

How Does the Bicycle Help Achieve These Goals?

For many, cycling is the only affordable mode of technical transportation. It can cut a commute in half and thereby provide access to more jobs, markets, community activities and essential services like schools and hospitals. The bicycle industry itself has the potential for economic growth by creating jobs across the globe. In addition, cyclists also promote change in infrastructure, which in turn adds job creation and creates a transport system that’s affordable and accessible to everyone.

From a health perspective, the bicycle doesn’t pollute the air and provides the physical activity needed to reduce heart diseases and other health issues related to a sedentary lifestyle. Ultimately, the bicycle can have an immediate impact on climate change – we just need more people like you on bikes.

 

Now that a date for the first World Bike Day is set for June 3rd, 2018, how do we bike enthusiasts spread the love moving forward? This will be a challenge, since the bicycle has taken a backseat to so many other forms of transportation. Yet, it could help solve so many of the world’s problems.

For those who want to make a difference, here’s a few ways you can start:

  • Get a bike and start riding
  • Use your bike to commute to work & school
  • Extend a warm invitation to others to do the same
  • Be informative about all the benefits of cycling
  • Get involved in your community
  • Vote for those who support improving cycling infrastructure

 

We’d love to hear from you! How has a bicycle changed you? How has it benefited you?

Photo Credit: ECF/WCA (European Cyclists’ Federation/World Cycling Alliance)*

Inspirational Links for this Blog Post

Global Goals

Envision 2030

UN Declares World Bicycle Day

UCI Cycling for All Manifesto

Wikipedia: World Bicycle Day

The Man Who Made it Happen

The UN Proposal .pdf

Cycling Delivers on Global Goals .pdf*

A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario .pdf

Sustainable Goals and Buffalo Bicycles .pdf

Unique Bicycles Throughout History

The History of the Bicycle

 

10 thoughts on “The First World Bike Day

  1. Just found this by accident while surfing the internet for a new bicycle. My five-year-old nephew and I went for a ride yesterday. He rode his Spider Man bike with training wheels and I rode my single-speed road bike (44 / 16). I will pass this along on Facebook. Long-live the bicycle!

  2. I spent my entire childhood riding a bike. My husband and I are already looking into options for teaching our son. We believe it will help promote a healthy, active lifestyle for him that will hopefully take him into adulthood. This was a very interesting read, thanks for the post!

    1. Hi, Brittany! Thank you for reading and keeping the cycling tradition alive with your little one. We have a great How-To video on Youtube to help parents teach their children how to ride a bike. Happy riding!

  3. I don’t know how I missed it, but I wasn’t even aware World Cycling Day was a thing. Looking forward to a nice long ride to celebrate.

    1. We wish a fun and exciting ride, Ross! Thank you for reading and riding – but not at the same time ;).

      1. Hi, Mat! World Bike Day was Sunday, June 3rd, but for those of us who are regular riders, everyday could be World Bike Day!

  4. My wife and I just got on our road bikes for the first time in a while. Yesterday I purchased cushy cloud seats to replace the traditional hard leather seats. We both realized that one sign of middle age is when one moves from the hard seat to the cushy seat and that nowadays it is more about being in the saddle in comfort.

    1. Hi, Taysyd! I also prefer the cushy seats as well. A pair of shorts with a built in chamois also helps keep you comfortable on rides. We wish you well on your new saddles!

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