The United Nations General Assembly has declared June 3rd 2018 as World Bicycle Day.
193 Nations Agree World Bicycle Day
The European Cyclists Federation and the World Cycling Alliance are delighted with the news that a resolution at the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York city was adopted by a consensus of 193 member states.
The declaration invites all Member States and relevant stakeholders to celebrate and promote awareness of the World Bicycle Day. The declaration encourages Member States to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes. H.E. Ambassador, Aksoltan Ataeva, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, introduced the draft resolution, co-sponsored by 56 countries, to the General Assembly for the vote. The Assembly adopted the resolution, declaring June 3rd as World Bicycle Day.
The World Cycling Alliance (WCA) and the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) welcome this resolution adopted by the UNGA, after having campaigned for a UN-designated World Bicycle Day since 2016. WCA and ECF Secretary General Dr. Bernhard Ensink states “Cycling is a source for social, economic and environmental benefits – and it is bringing people together. WCA and ECF are extremely happy with this declaration. This UN declaration is an acknowledgement of the contribution of cycling to the sustainable development goals (SDGs)”. WCA and ECF delivered a document to the UN in 2015 in which it is shown that cycling delivers directly on at least 12 of the 17 SGDs, titled “Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals!“.
Both the WCA and ECF have acknowledged the extraordinary work of Leszek Sibilski, Professor of Sociology at Montgomery College, Maryland, USA and his students campaigning for #WorldBicycleDay.
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! #June3WorldBicycleDay
The WCA, launched as an initiative of the European Cyclists’ Federation at the Velo-city 2014 conference in Adelaide, Australia, is a global network of non- governmental and civil society organizations with a substantial interest in promoting cycling. The main objective of the network is not only to advocate for cycling as a means of transport within international institutions – such as UN, OECD/ITF, World Bank- but also to promote and support the exchange of knowledge, expertise and co-operation of cycling associations and organizations worldwide. The WCA currently has over 100 members from all continents.
With over 80 members across more than 40 countries, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) unites cyclists’ associations from across the globe, giving them a voice on the international level. ECF’s aim is to get more people cycling more often by influencing policy in favour of cycling.
Celebrate World Bicycle Day
The more public awareness of this day the better. If you belong to a cycling club, there is a great opportunity here for local publicity. Why not ask your local council, and your councillor and MP what their plans are World Bicycle Day?