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World Bicycle Day

In April 2018, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared June 3 World Bicycle Day (WBD) to encourage people to use environmentally friendly and healthy ways.

On this day, international and local events will encourage people to support the growth of cycling culture in their communities.

WBD wants to honor all types of cyclists around the world because cycling is becoming more and more popular everywhere.

The day aims to encourage sustainable development, improve education (especially physical education), improve health, keep people from getting sick, and promote tolerance and understanding.

According to the United Nations website, it also promotes social inclusion and a culture of peace. It is also suitable for everyone's health and growth in the long run.

Remembering WBD is not only related to the healthy dimension of our lives, but also cycling once again shows that it is a cheaper, healthier, and better for the environment way to get around.

The World Health Organization says that bikes are popular because they are affordable, easy to use, and reliable.

However, the core principle of WBD is not only to celebrate bicycles around the world but also to encourage people, especially the governments of each country, to put bicycles at the center of their national and local development plans.

It is in line with the above principle that the UN says that the goal of WBD is to promote cycling as a simple, safe, and environmentally friendly way to get around.
Along with the core values and principles of the event, many health experts say that riding a bike helps clean the air and cuts down on traffic.

It also improves access to education, healthcare, and other social services for the most vulnerable people.

The UN website notes that walking and biking can be a way for poor people in cities to get around since they often can't afford their cars.

It also says that walking and biking can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death.

So, what are the critical reasons for celebrating WBD?

  • It encourages member countries to pay more attention to policies and programs that include bikes in national and local development.
  • It tells the member states that they need to improve road safety and include it in sustainable cycling mobility to keep pedestrians safe.
  • It's essential for people involved to stress how the bicycle can be used to improve education, including physical education, prevent disease, promote tolerance and mutual understanding, and make it easier for people to fit in with society.
  • It encourages the member states to use best practices and other ways to build a cycling culture and spread the word about it.

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