There’s a world radio day, world meteorological day, and even a world intellectual property day – so why not a world bicycle day?
At least that’s what the World Cycling Alliance (WCA) and European Cyclists Federation (ECF) are asking as they call on the planet’s cyclists to create a #WorldBicycleDay Twitter surge on 28 April (currently the world day for safety and health at work, and world immunisation day), calling for an international day celebrating pedal power.
The purpose of World Bicycle Day would be to promote the role of the bicycle in improving the lives of people and planet, from improving health and reducing carbon emissions to boosting economies, to empowering women and girls.
The ECF is asking people around the world to tweet a message on 28 April using #WorldBicycleDay, with a reason why we need an international day for cycling.
Some suggestions (with reference to relevant UN sustainable development goals), include:
During recent Paris Climate summit, COP21, the WCA and ECF delivered an analysis to the UN showing the contribution cycling makes to achieving sustainable development goals, when the organisations argued cycling is “of critical importance to humanity and the planet”.