Yesterday, people around the globe celebrated World Bike Day. While the holiday is still relatively new, it continues to grow in popularity every year as it promotes healthy living and sustainable transportation. You can find events locally, nationally, and globally to participate in, even after the day has passed.
The EBC family is a huge fan of this holiday, and we are excited to celebrate with you!
Deep Dive into World Bike Day
The bicycle was invented back in the 1800s, but believe it or not, World Bike Day is only a few years old. Made official in 2018 by the United Nations, all 193 general assembly members unanimously approved the holiday. According to the UN World Bike Day page, the day is intended to “encourage stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development… promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace.” Today, it is celebrated by cycling enthusiasts and casual bikers around the world.
Why We Love World Bike Day
Affordable alternative to vehicles
Sustainable alternatives should be effective, affordable, and accessible. Unfortunately, such solutions are not always affordable for many people. Bikes offer a money-saving way to be kind to the earth that almost anyone can use.
Promotes healthy lifestyle
Riding your bike is beneficial for both physical and mental health. It promotes good heart health, helps to manage weight, offers a low-impact option that is gentle on joints, and encourages people to spend time together outside.
Brings together the community
Bike rides are organized around the world on June 3rd each year, and the days following. Pedal to Empower is a popular worldwide event that takes place the first Saturday after World Bike Day. This event aims to empower women in need with a bike of their own.
Join EBC in our celebration of World Bike Day! Meet other bikers on our Facebook group page, take your bike on a trail, or ride around your neighborhood with friends and family.