Yesterday marked the first-ever World Bicycle Day. That’s a day when the United Nations celebrates the bicycle:
- The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation;
- The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport;
- The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment;
- The bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate.
Through delivering more than 400,000 bicycles in developing countries, we witness on a daily basis that bicycles can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.”
“In mobilized communities, visits to patients by community health workers have increased 45 percent; students have increased attendance by 17 percent and improved their academic performance upwards of 59 percent; and dairy farmers have increased their income by 23 percent by using a quality bicycle as a reliable transport for their milk.
—Dave Neiswander, CEO of World Bicycle Relief
Growing up in Zambia, I can tell you that a bicycle can change a life…Providing a bicycle to a student for education is a blessing because the education you are giving them they keep forever and they will help change their community and the world. With my education, my goal is to become a public defender, helping those who need it most.
—Teddy Nosiku, Recipient of Buffalo Bicycle from World Bicycle Relief
More than a billion people do not have access to paved road. Mobility is a privilege. It is incumbent for all of us to recognize that cycling is a powerful form of mobility.
—Nancy Vandycke, The World Bank Group
I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.
—Charles Catherine, Legally Blind Para-cyclists, France
We were riding mountain bikes in the Methow Valley during the celebration and happy to share it now.