There were no spinning wheels on a “Google Doodle” on Thursday, and few media outlets actually marked the occasion, yet June 3 is the official “International World Bicycle Day,” yet many on social media took time to show their support for cycling.
This was actually only the fourth such observance as the United Nations General Assembly only passed a resolution in April 2018 that declared a day to recognize “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 transportation.”
The Secretary-General’s message for 2021 noted, “Bikes are freedom; bikes are fun. They are good for one’s health — physical and mental — and good for our one and only planet. Bikes are popular and practical, providing exercise and transporting us not only to school, stores and work but to a more sustainable future.”
By Thursday morning #WorldBicycleDay was trending on social media, and was kicked off by a post from the official United Nations (@UN) account.
World Bicycle Day quickly drew in support from the official social media account of The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize), which quoted Albert Einstein: “‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.’ AlbertEinstein’s life advice in a letter to his son Eduard on 5 February 1930. In the picture, Einstein is riding a bicycle in Santa Barbara, USA in 1933.”
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The World Health Organization (@WHO) also praised the UN for declaring June 3 International World Bicycle Day, noting that “Cycling is good for your health.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (@NHTSAgov) was among the organizations that tweeted out the hashtag #BicycleSafety on Thursday, “It’s World Bicycle Day! Put on your helmet and enjoy a fun, sustainable commute or leisurely ride today! #BicycleSafety”
Writer Scott Marshall (@SafeDriver), who posts about traffic safety, shared an article on how to be safe on a bicycle in traffic. He wrote, “considering it’s World Bicycle Day, here are a few timely tips/reminders for drivers to help them safely share the roads with cyclists. #WorldBicycleDay”
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A few professional cyclists also shared their thoughts on Thursday. That included three time UCI World Champion Peter Sagan (@petosagan) who wrote, “Happy #WorldBicycleDay! No matter where you are in the world, try to go for a ride today, it’s good for you and the planet. You can use a TT bike if you want to but any bike will be perfect.”
Other pros also offered their support for the day.
“Happy world bicycle day everyone! May your drivetrain always be smooth,” wrote Olympian Toms Skujiņš (@Tomashuuns) of Latvia.
UCI Para-Cycling (@UCI_paracyling) shared a video that had had been viewed more than 15,000 times by Thursday morning that highlighted the sport.
The social media accounts of various tourist offices also joined in to show how a bicycle can be a great way to go exploring. This included @AAAFlorida, Greektown Chicago (@GreektownChi), @Go2Warsaw, Press Office Brussels (@BrusselsPress) and even the Liverpool Beatles Museum (@Beatlesmuseum_)
Some history of the bicycle was also shared on Thursday. DW Culture (@dw_culture) posted, “On #Worldbicycleday, let’s hear it for Karl Freiherr von Drais! In 1817, the German inventor came up with a genius idea: the running machine. (As) much a symbol for progress at the time as it is today, the bicycle is once again being touted as the vehicle of the future.”
“US, late 1800s, Kittie Knox was among a small group of black women cyclists in Boston’s early bicycling craze. Kittie also broke taboos by wearing knickerbockers. It was working class women like Kittie who made the bicycle a liberator for all women #womensart #WorldBicycleDay,” added WOMENSART (@womensart1).
Get out there and ride!