Stakeholders across the globe are being encouraged to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling on 3 June.
The inaugural World Bicycle Day – featured on the bikebiz website – was voted for by members of the United Nations last week to acknowledge the ‘uniqueness, longevity and versatility’ of the bicycle.
The event will look to celebrate cycling as a ‘simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation’.
In announcing the day, the UN said: “The bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment.
“The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport.”
In the lead up to World Bicycle Day, the UN is encouraging member states to ‘include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes’.
It is also calling on nations to integrate road safety into ‘sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design’, in particular through policies and measures to promote walking and cycling.
In the UK, the date for Cycle to Work Day 2018 has been confirmed as 15 August, while Sustrans is encouraging schools to hold a Bike to School week to ‘kickstart active travel’ and ‘encourage a healthy school run for all students’.