The United Nations General Assembly has declared 3rd June as the World Bicycle Day after the resolution was decided on the 12th April 2018 at the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly, which was adopted by a consensus of 193 member states in New York City.
All member states and relevant stakeholders were invited to celebrate the declaration and promote awareness of The World Bicycle Day.
The World Cycling Alliance (WCA) and the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) welcomed this resolution adopted by the UNGA, after having campaigned for a UN-designated World Bicycle Day since 2016. The campaign to create a World Bicycle Day was a goal of the WCA and ECF.
The declaration recognizes not only the need to strengthen and coordinate efforts to promote sustainable transportation and healthy human connection, but also the contribution of the bicycle to community development, nurturing creativity and social engagement.
The UN encourages all member states to devote particular attention and prepare cross-cutting strategies to develop bicycle use on the international, regional and national stage with the development of policies and programmes.
In addition to promoting the World Bicycle Day, the resolution acknowledges the uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health.
WCA will hold its next Annual General Meeting on the 11th June 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the day before ECF’s flagship conference Velo-city 2018 Rio kicks off. The WCA will celebrate in Rio the UN resolution on the World Bicycle Day.