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World Bicycle Day

June 3

World Bicycle Day

Introduction

World Bicycle Day is marked annually on the 3rd of June. It is organised by the United Nations (UN). The bicycle is an important sustainable mode of transport for millions around the world.

The day was the brainchild of Polish-American Professor Leszek Sibilski, who was a competitive cyclist. He is also a campaigner for sustainable sports. He, and his students at Montgomery College, Maryland, USA, campaigned for a World Bicycle Day for three years, holding events and even designing a logo. They made several attempts to get the UN to consider the day, but were eventually successful with support from the Turkmenistan representative to the United Nations. The day has been marked since 2018.

The first bicycles were invented in the early 19th century. Advances in technology and materials mean that today’s bicycles have a smoother, more comfortable ride. There are different types of bicycles for different uses. For example, folding bicycles are popular with commuters, whereas mountain bikes are designed for riding over rough, challenging terrain.

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