Every year on June 3, the world comes together to celebrate World Bicycle Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the importance of cycling in our lives. This global celebration holds immense significance for women, as it highlights the empowering and transformative effects of riding a bicycle. Not only does it contribute to physical well-being and body fitness, but it also fosters a healthy and confident mindset.
For young girls, receiving a bicycle is often their first dream gift. Despite not knowing how to ride it, the excitement is palpable. Cycling serves as a gateway to learning and embracing other vehicles like bikes and scooters, symbolizing the adventurous spirit within us. While falls and injuries may occur during the learning process, perseverance allows us to master the skill of riding.
The history of World Bicycle Day dates back to June 3, 2018, when the United Nations General Assembly unanimously established it. The resolution, passed on April 12, 2018, gained support from all 193 member states. The initiative took shape when Professor Leszek Sibilski, based in the United States, spearheaded a grassroots campaign through his sociology class to promote the UN Resolution. His efforts, in collaboration with ‘Sustainable Mobility for All,’ transformed the project into the international celebration known as World Bicycle Day.
Cycling holds tremendous significance for women’s empowerment. Regular physical activities like cycling, walking, and running have proven benefits for overall health. As an affordable, reliable, and sustainable mode of transport, cycling can mitigate the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. It bridges urban-rural disparities, drives economic growth, and aids in combating climate change to achieve the ‘Sustainable Development Goals.’
Re-reported from the story originally published in India Today