World Bicycle Day 2023: History, Significance, Theme, Quotes

The United Nations General Assembly declared on April 2018 that every year June 3 will be observed as International World Bicycle Day. The aim is to strengthen physical and mental health and develop a culture of cycling in society.

The day encourages people to use bicycle as a means of transportation for fostering sustainable development, promoting health, preventing disease, mutual respect and aiding a culture of peace.

When is World Bicycle Day celebrated?

Have a look at the upcoming World Bicycle Day for the next 5 years.

Event Date Day
World Bicycle Day 2023 June 3, 2023 Saturday
World Bicycle Day 2024 June 3, 2024 Monday
World Bicycle Day 2025 June 3, 2025 Tuesday
World Bicycle Day 2026 June 3, 2026 Wednesday
World Bicycle Day 2027 June 3, 2027 Thursday

World Bicycle Day 2023

Event World Bicycle Day 2023
Date June 3, 2023
Day Saturday
Declared by United Nations
Celebration Bicycle rides organized at the national and local levels

World Bicycle Day History

A Polish social scientist working in the United States, Professor Leszek Sibilski is known as the father of World Bicycle day. He started a campaign with the support of his sociology class students for promoting a UN Resolution for World Bicycle Day. The campaign gained momentum and was supported by Turkey and 56 other countries. He also launched an academic project that converted into a massive movement supported by ‘Sustainable Mobility for All’. This resulted in the United Nations selecting a separate day to celebrate and promote cycle and cycling. June 3 was selected as the World Bicycle Day and was observed firstly on 3 June 2018.

In celebration of the World’s Bicycle Day, a logo was designed by Isaac Feld and his co-animator Professor John E. Swanson. The UN Blue and White logo shows bicyclists riding on bicycles all over the globe. At the bottom, the logo consists of a hashtag #June3WorldBicycleDay. The logo is meant to display a simple message- bicycle supports sustainable development and serves all of humanity equally.

Significance of World Bicycle Day

The significance of the day is to recognize, as stated by the UN “the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport.”

World Bicycle Day is also linked with promoting a healthy lifestyle, especially for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

World Bicycle Day 2023- Celebration & Theme

Irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or economic background, World Bicycle Day can be celebrated and enjoyed by all. Bicycle is not just demonstrates sustainable means of transportation but also symbolizes progress and advancement of human life. People all over the world celebrate this day in different way. They take a trip on their bicycle, host bicycle rodeo, ride with their friends and much more. The United Nations Assembly also welcomes initiatives to organize bicycle rides at the national and local levels.

Interesting facts about Bicycles

On the occasion of World Bicycle Day celebration, here are some interesting facts related to bicycles.

  1. 4% of all Americans cycle on a regular basis.
  2. The longest tandem bike consisted of 35 seats and was 67 feet long.
  3. 364,000 bicycles are produced and 47,670 bicycles are sold on a daily basis.
  4. Bicycles are produced 2.5 times more than cars.
  5. Every year 15 million bicycles are discarded by owners.
  6. The estimated size of the U.S. bicycle market is whopping $6.2 billion.
  7. 9 out of 10 people in Denmark own a bicycle.

Inspiration World Bicycle Day Quotes

Here are some famous quotes from some of the biggest personalities for you to share on World Bicycle Day 2023.

Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. — Mark Twain

A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke. – Scott Stoll

Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling. – Jean de Gribaldy

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring. – Desmond Tutu

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

FAQs about World Bicycle Day

How many countries observe World Bicycle Day?

More than 193 countries that are a member of United Nations have adopted World Bicycle Day as annual celebration.

Who was the original creator of World Bicycle Day logo?

The logo was designed by Isaac Fled, however, the logo was animated by Professor John E Swanson.

Why is there so much focus of bicycling when one can do running?

Cycling is gentler on the body and uses fewer muscles as compared to running and therefore can be done for longer time and is therefore more targeted.

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