Calling for a UN designated World Bicycle Day

Calling for a UN designated World Bicycle Day

The World Cycling Alliance (WCA), a network of the European Cyclists’ Federation, is campaigning for the creation of a World Bicycle Day to be observed by the United Nations! During the Paris climate summit COP21, the WCA and the ECF delivered an analysis to the UN showing the contribution that cycling makes towards achieving the Global Goals and committed themselves to supporting the Global Goals, working worldwide on getting ‘More People Cycling, More Often’ and to collaborating with the UN. A part of this ambitious goal is to create a UN designated World Bicycle Day.
 
WCA and ECF Secretary General Bernhard Ensink emphasized:
“The evidence of cycling delivering on the Global Goals is there. With this momentum we hope to get greater acknowledgement of cycling by governments and international institutions worldwide. The observance by the UN of a World Bicycle Day would be strong support towards better awareness of the potential the use of the bicycle has for the achievement of the Global Goals.”
 
A part of the campaign is already under way, with a global twitter campaign on April 28th that led to over 3000 tweets and 2 million reach of #WorldBicycleDay.
 
 
Why promote a #WorldBicycleDay?
Bicycles already promote so much good in the world: from increased health, to environmental benefits and sustainable economic growth, the humble bicycle has almost unmatched potential for growth. Don’t believe us? Check out the benefits of cycling below:
  • Cycling 1km by bike saves 250g of CO2 compared to 1km in a car #WorldBicycleDay
  • Cyclists accounted for 111bn euros in retail turnover in EU 27 in 2013? #WorldBicycleDay
  • Cycle manufacturing provides 4.89 jobs per 1m euros of turnover. Car manufacturing? 1.63 jobs. #WorldBicycleDay
  • Cycling is responsible for 650.000 jobs in Europe – more than the defence and steel industries #WorldBicycleDay
 
And if we get more people cycling more often....
There is still so much more that can be achieved, if only the number of cyclists is increased! A #WorldBicycleDay to promote cycling would benefit so many people, in different ways:
  • More cycling can achieve #SDG5: gender equality and empower all women and girls #WorldBicycleDay
  • More cycling can achieve #SDG11: making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable #WorldBicycleDay
  • More cycling could save $24 trillion by 2050 #WorldBicycleDay
  • More cycling could save 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emission per year #WorldBicycleDay
 
Further information and interesting links
WorldBicycleDay Campaign – check out all the languages you can tweet in!
Global High Shift Cycling Scenario - The benefits of increasing cycling
Cycling Delivers - How cycling delivers on the Global Goals
World Bank Public Sphere Blog  - articles written about importance of a World Bicycle Day

Article by Zoé Kruchten / ECF and WCA
Photo Credits: Bradley Schroeder (CC), Matt Zimmerman (CC), Pexels (CC)