Today is the first World Bicycle Day ever! According to the United Nations website, this official awareness day celebrates "the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries".
World Bicycle Day came to be thanks to Professor Leszek Sibilski, who embarked on an academic project in 2015 to explore the role of bicycles in development. On April 12, 2018, a coalition of 57 countries led by Turkmenistan sponsored his proposal and made it happen!
The resolution acknowledges the many societal benefits of the bicycle and synergy between bicycle and rider in fostering social engagement – for example, how bicycling gives a rider an immediate awareness of the local environment.
The UN encourages all countries observing World Bicycle Day to improve road safety for bicyclists and to integrate those measures into its infrastructure planning and design.
World Bicycle Day also aims to advance it as "a means of strengthening physical education, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect, and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace".
(But we won't talk about the bicycle as a secret weapon of the Japanese invasion of Malaya in WWII.)
Anyway, is it really that easy for new bicycle commuters to just hop on a bike and pedal to work? Check out our video in which four Malaysian bike commuter pros to share their secrets for cycling to work.
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