3 June 2018 - World Bicycle Day!
On 12 April 2018, the United Nations (UN) declared June 3 World Bicycle Day, and activities are being organised worldwide to promote cycling in all its forms
UCI President David Lappartient encourages everyone to do something bicycle-related on this historic day: “How can you celebrate World Bicycle Day? There are many ways! Organise a fun ride with friends, commit to biking to work or school at least once a week, take your kids for a ride around your neighbourhood, or sign up for a local race. Trust me, you will be surrounded by smiling faces!”
The Federation President added: “We are thrilled that the United Nations has declared June 3rd as World Bicycle Day – this historic decision acknowledges the wide-ranging positive impacts of the bicycle for populations worldwide, and sets the tone for further international initiatives to be launched.”
A gathering of international leaders at the United Nations headquarters in New York City will also mark this occasion, with UCI Director of Cabinet and International Relations Marjorie Guillaume and USA Cycling President and UCI Management Committee member President Bob Stapleton in attendance. The activities organised around the world aim to highlight the bicycle as a tool for sustainable, inclusive development.
Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, shares his views on this important milestone:
“Sport is a powerful tool to promote peace and achieve development objectives. The values of sport find their echo in those of the United Nations, whose foundations rest on universal values that transcend differences of culture, and social standing, language and religion. Physical activities, like cycling, not only contribute directly to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they also foster the values on which progress depends: tolerance and respect, teamwork and fair play.
“In Geneva, the UN is helping to promote cycling through the participation of several UN agencies in the ‘GenèveRoule’ initiative, which provides commuters with rental bike. The UN also hosts its annual ‘Bike to Work’ competition in which teams of UN staff members cycle to work daily and log the distances covered jointly.”
The future for cycling and the bicycle looks bright. Studies have shown that regular cycling can cut the risk of death by any cause by 41% and switching from driving to cycling to work will save on average 750kg in CO2 emissions each year. According to the European Cyclists' Federation, each year, cycling in the EU generates economic benefits worth €513bn.
Governments and international institutions around the world are increasingly acknowledging the role that cycling can play in tackling the critical issues of our times: be it reducing greenhouse gas emissions or promoting inclusivity and integration - the bicycle can contribute. As part of its promotion of the bicycle as a tool for development, the UN is welcoming initiatives that organise bicycle rides at national and local levels, to promote physical and mental health, and develop a culture of cycling in society.
We encourage all members of the cycling family to join us in celebrating World Bicycle Day today by sharing the news, and promoting any events organised for this occasion on social media using #June3WorldBicycleDay.