WORLD BICYCLE DAY
On June 3, World Bicycle Day targets individuals as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle, especially for those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Organizers also target local governments to encourage them to improve road safety and integrate bicycling into transportation infrastructure planning and design.
Bicycles and the routes their riders are on the increase. They’re seen as a healthier, inexpensive and convenient mode of transportation, and they’re sharing the road with more traditional urban transit systems. City planners looking to alleviate the increased flow of automobile traffic encourage bicycles usage. In some cities, public transportation systems can’t handle the demand, so cities are beginning to accommodate bikes with improvements such as “bicycle-only lanes” and other improvements.
Did you know that according to transportation researchers, $50 billion is spent worldwide on bicycles each year – and that number is growing? On top of that, the U.S. cycling market is a $5.9 billion industry. In many cities, dockless bicycle systems are fueling the popularity of bicycling. Dockless systems allow users to locate a bicycle nearby and unlock it electronically. Did you know that the fastest-growing bicycle type in the market right now is electric?
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you own a bicycle, get on it, and see how far you can travel before getting exhausted. Then, every week, try to extend that distance.
Rent a bicycle to try a different exercise such as back road bicycling, mountain biking, or urban cruising. On social media, #WorldBicycleDay or #June3WorldBicycleDay will help you interact with others about the day.
The first World Bicycle Day was observed in 2019. In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day.
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