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We, the people, for the global bicycle momentum

Leszek J. Sibilski's picture

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.” - Mark Twain
 
Have you ever wondered what happened to once commonplace items such as the abacus, the slide rule, the hourglass, or the quill; not to mention, VHS recorders, CD cassette players, and more recently, address and telephone books? They all met the same fate: they were replaced by modern technological innovations such as calculators, electronic watches, ballpoint pens, and computers. And what happened to the bicycle? It has been with us for over 200 years, and by some estimates, there are more than two billion bikes in use around the world and by 2050 this number could reach five billion. Over fifty percent of the human population can ride a bike. The bicycle is a veteran and mainstay of human mobility. Even competitive riders pay respect to the utility of bicycles outside grand tours. One of them, Ted King predicted: “Bicycles have the potential to save the world. There’s so much that a bicycle can do, from an environmental standpoint, from a health standpoint, and their social impact.” 
 
Amid the recent surge in global popularity of cycling - in sport, in leisure and in urban commuting - two presenters of Italian RAI2 radio believe that the Nobel Peace Prize should go to the bicycle. The presenters of the popular Caterpillar program describe bikes as an "instrument of peace". They say the bike "is the most democratic means of transport available to humanity". Proponents have also used the example of Italian cycling champion Gino Bartali, who during World War II ferried counterfeit documents by bike to save Jews, as an example of how the cycle has aided in "liberation and resistance". Additionally, 118 Italian Members of Parliament have also officially nominated the Afghan Cycling Federation women's team for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. They hail the bicycle as environmental, economic, and democratic.
 
In November 2015, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), in collaboration with the World Cycling Alliance (WCA), announced their commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to the UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, who called for voluntary commitments from civil society to tackle climate change. In “Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals” the direct impact of cycling can be demonstrated on at least 11 of the 17 Global Goals. Recent research presented in “A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario” by UC Davis firmly concludes: “The results show that a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could save society $24 trillion cumulatively between 2015 and 2050, and cut CO2 emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11% in 2050 compared to a ‘High Shift’ scenario without a strong cycling emphasis.”
 
The global community of cycling enthusiasts celebrates, even worships, the loyalty of the freedom machine to humanity by organizing events all over the world. However, well- intentioned or -organized, all these remain out of sync with very diversified agendas. After over two centuries of stellar service to humankind, we, the people, believe that the bicycle deserves an official annual World Bicycle Day sanctioned by the United Nations, and preceded by the International Year of Bicycle Awareness and Education of Cycling for All.

In developing countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, a bicycle can cause a revolution in a family’s livelihood. Georgina Stimbeko, a widow and small scale farmer in Zambia, used to make only one milk delivery per day because she lived 12 kilometers from the local dairy cooperative and had no good transportation options.  Now she uses her bicycle to reliably and efficiently deliver milk twice a day. Her increased income has helped her support her family’s health, nutrition, education, and quality of life. Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General of the ECF foresees: “We expect to see goods delivered by cycle far beyond the cities where bikes are already part of the logistics system, in cities and municipalities all across the European Union.”

Georgina On The Move



The current reawakening of cycling has also had a very new and rejuvenating component. Women are now becoming majority riders.  In the US alone, approximately one-third (28%) of cyclists, 7.8 million adults, participate in biking as a family activity. Of those 7.8 million, over half (58%) are women. The history of emancipation shows that the bicycle has always been a faithful mobility tool for females.  
 
By 2050, cities are projected to house around 70% of the world’s population. As urban commuters find it increasingly difficult to get to work by car or public transport due to cost and congestion, they are turning progressively to two-wheelers. A thoughtful and well-designed synergy between bicycle users and smart cities is the only viable solution. For example, the City Council of Oslo has recently announced that the City Center will be car-free by 2019. This represents a massive step forward for reducing the nation's carbon footprint and air pollution. For the Mayor of Bristol, England, George Ferguson, cycling is an inevitable part of the near future: “When it comes to improving our environment and protecting our health, cycling is a win-win option, which is why I want to see the number of Bristol bike users double again over the next ten years.”
 
When four Israeli cyclists suggested to the Tel Aviv City Council in 1994 that it should promote the bicycle as a new mode of transport, they were met with laughter: “They were told that cycling was something for third world nations.” One council official said: “Tel Aviv is a modern city. We only promote sophisticated transport solutions. Very soon we will have a light rail system.” More than twenty years later, realization of the Tel Aviv light rail system is still a very long way off, but cycling became the new mode of transport in the city. About 15% of the inhabitants of central Tel Aviv cycle to work or school.
 
On New Year’s Day 2014, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, a leader known to lead by example, took time for a bike-sharing ride in Tel Aviv while on a State visit to Israel. What a way to start the new year! 
 
Recently, the newly appointed Polish Top Diplomat, told German tabloid Bild that he believes that there is no place for cyclists and vegetarians in Poland: “Under the previous government a specific left-wing policy concept was followed with which the world must move in only one direction, the Marxist model – to a new mix of cultures and races, a world of cyclists and vegetarians who only focus on renewable energies and fight against any form of religion. This has nothing to do with traditional Polish values.” As a result of this statement the community of disheartened cycling enthusiasts protested by using the bicycle as the symbol of disagreement.
 
Leveraging one’s network - cycling is becoming the new golf. It used to be customary to build your professional and social networks over a round of golf in a country club, but this is not a norm anymore as cycling is less competitive then golf. “When you play golf with somebody you have to decide if you’re going to beat them, or let them beat you,” says Peter Murray, a former architect, journalist and chairman of the NLA center dedicated to London’s built environment. “If they’re a client and you don’t want to beat them you have to sort of cheat in order to lose. That seems to me not a good way of doing things.”
 
This clear renaissance of the bicycle created powerful momentum that should be seized and sealed in the form of an annual World Bicycle Day sanctioned by the United Nations. Mayors of smart cities should play a key role in crafting such an event with support from the Olympic Movement. Participation of multilateral institutions and civil society organizations is required to make it happen. One of the crucial first steps will be identifying countries to spearhead the introduction to the proper UN forums. The first upcoming opportunity to discuss the strategy will occur in Taipei at the colloquium of Scientists for Cycling hosted by the National Taiwan University followed by the 2016 Velo-City Global under the theme of Evolution of Cycling. It seems that Taipei’s international cycling summit has the potential to generate enough energy and enthusiasm to put this into full-speed wheeling motion for once and ever. Before this coalition of cycling lovers will knock on the door of the United Nations with a petition to organize World Bicycle Day, it would be constructive to soul search why the other fifty percent of the global population doesn’t know how to ride a bicycle. Perhaps the primary goal for World Bicycle Day should be how to achieve global cycling literacy?

 
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Photograph of Georgina Stimbeko courtesy of World Bicycle Relief
Second photograph by Agnieszka Sadowska/Agencja Gazeta
 

Comments

Submitted by Peter Yuen on

I remember when I was a kid, everyone in the neighborhood would be riding their bikes and showing off and racing each other. Those days are so precious that it hardly happens anymore, everyone, no matter the age is now stuck behind a monitor of a phone or tv or computer... Not only is it ruining your health, but you value what you have around you less, you don't see what you have anymore because everyone can find it online. But you can only connect with things online to an extent because you are not really experiencing the thrill of fresh air, skins burning, sweat is pouring out, gnats flying all over your face, etc. Reading about something and actually experience it is completely different, there is no real emotions that can last more than a second. Allowing everyone to have a bicycle day not only will you have a better health but you're also experiencing something real and not some virtual reality game or some fake experience that you read.

Submitted by Rehan Hyder on

We, the people, believe that the bicycle deserves an official annual World Bicycle Day sanctioned by the United Nations, and preceded by the International Year of Bicycle Awareness and Education of Cycling for All

Submitted by dustin clark on

This article did an amazing job at showing the relationship of people to bicycles, it goes to show that humans and bikes have a much deeper connection than just user and machine. At the core of our society is a desperate need for transportation and transportation reform. I was greatly surprised at the amount of carbon emissions that we, theoretically, can cut by 2050 if more poeple were to ride bikes. It is pretty obvious that the bicycle has had a huge impact not just on the way that we veiw transportation but the way it shapes our politics as well, that it is also an agent of demcracy and freedom around the world. This article really did show me that i should think about the bicycle from more than just the stand point of being a tool, or rather for more than just a tool for transportation.

Submitted by angelo bianchini on

I never understood how impactful a 200 year old machine could have on todays global society. The story of Gino Bartali serves as a prime example of how useful the bicycle can be in the worst of times. I hope the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF)are successful in tackling climate change. The story of Georgina was very motivating. Here you have a widow faced with economic difficulties and is able to persevere with the help of the bicycle. The fact that more women ride bicycles did not surprise me. Personally I see more women on bicycles in everyday life than men. Overall, this article was strikingly interesting and should be read by people who care about recycling and being efficient.

Submitted by Marilyn Hernandez on

I believe there should be a day to honor bicycle's. They have played a role in history. Now a days, with innovation and technology spreading rapidly people are forgetting about bicycles. Countries who are not as developed still rely on bicycle to transport them to places. Unlike the United States, society is used to "faster means more better". There are consequences to having such a luxuries lifestyle. People want the newest cars and fastest, and cars harm the environment. Bicycles are a win-win. They don't harm the environment and cost less than a car. In addition, it gives people the opportunity to exercise. It is right to give bicycles a at least a day were they are honored and used to help the world.

Submitted by Kimberly Ampuero on

It's amazing how essential bicycles are to humans! I'm actually surprised there is no national bicycle day. Bicycles have been around for years and they are one of the first modes of transportation humans ever had. Not only do they not damage the environment but when you ride a bicycle you are also helping your own health. It is a win win situation. Georgina's story is a prime example of how useful bicycles are. Georgina transports her goods using a bike in order to make some profit. I really hope there can be a world bicycle day!!!

Submitted by Dayanne Pareja on

If you really think about it, modern technology IS replacing all of the original things we all know and love. Bicycles are one of the very few things that has not changed throughout generations. While some say “out with the old, in with the new” I would have to disagree. Very few of us take the time to actually analyze the “little things” in life that are actually quite important in our everyday lives. Although it may sound silly, I’m sure that out of the 7.8 million cyclist out there only a handful actually appreciate their bikes as much as they should. I feel like having a global bike day would bring so much good. It would encourage people to take a little time out of their day to go on their bikes, share some memories, and give some credit back to bikes.

Submitted by Victoria Amaguana on

The truth is I never knew how important a bicycle could be. I have had hand me down bicycles since I was 5 years old. My first real bike was when I turned 13 and I still use that bike to this day, currently 19. It's sad to think I actually neglect my bicycle. There are so many things I could use my bike for!!! I babysit within my neighborhood every week and I genuinely could bike instead of drive, it would give me exercise, and save money and reduce pollution!! I think a world bicycle day is necessary!

Submitted by Aj Harrison on

What a great article! I never thought about how powerful and useful a bicycle can be other than just riding around for fun. A bicycle is helpful in every country and in some countries it can be the best method of transportation. Best of all, it will significantly lower the use of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. This will allow clearer skies in areas that are affected by pollution, such as China. Also, I am a supporter of women being able to ride bicycles in countries like Syria. In Syria, a woman riding a bike without a man is wrong and will lead to horrible consequences. We need a world bicycle day sanctioned by the United Nations so that countries like Syria can consider a change in their mindset. A world bicycle day will allow everyone who can ride a bike see how beneficial it can be to their health and overall well being. Also, there needs to be a day where it can be safe to ride a bike without having many vehicles in the way.

Submitted by Courtney Disonglo on

I believe that the bicycle deserves an official annual World Bicycle Day sanctioned by the United Nations. Bicycles all around the world gave meaning to so many people and changed various lives. It doesn't just get you from point A to point B, but it provides a way for children to get to school and allows people to earn a living. With Bicycle Day it will reduce pollution and make earth a better place!

Submitted by Vanessa Llontop on

Very true. When my family first moved in the states, our transportations depended on either our one beat up nissan or a bike. Bikes are very loyal tools. When someone asks a question, "name a form of transportation" The first ones that come in mind are "car, bus metro.." and then soon after that it's a bike, not a scooter or a skateboard. Bikes are more than just a way to have fun !

Submitted by Kevin Wynn on

This is article is very insightful. I was inspired by its message and how it changed my mindset. I believe that if we took action on these things and helped change the landscape through social means the world would be better. It's insight would challenge anybody to make a change for this day. If we act on this the world would be inspired by this insightful act. I hope to see a change very soon from the inspired people.

Submitted by Leticia Vasconez on

A powerful and inspiring article! Now a days, most people wouldn’t jump at the idea of riding their bike to school or work but little do they know the huge significance that is behind this incredible invention. As the article mentioned, these common place items are now being replaced by modern innovations such as cars, buses and subways. The bicycle is being taking for granted here in places where we are so technologically advanced but there are so many others that can be at great advantage by owning a bicycle. Take for example the woman mentioned, if it wasn’t for the bicycle she would not have been able to expand her milk delivery business and earn money to feed her family. The bicycle is not only an old form of transportation it is a life changing instrument. The best quote from this article is, “Bicycles have the potential to save the world. There’s so much a bicycle can do, from an environmental standpoint, from a health standpoint, and their social impact.” Promoting and advocating to have this World Bicycle Day can change so many lives in a positive way, there are so many other things that are celebrated on a day to day basis that I don’t see how we haven’t had dedicated a day to something so special, throughout all generations, such as the bicycle.

Submitted by Bin Feng on

That is true, and I totally agree that promoting and advocating to have a World Bicycle Day can change many lives in a positive way. It is true that many common place items are now being replaced by modern innovations, but I think bicycle also represents our culture. If we looking for the definition of culture, which is the language, beliefs, value, norms, behaviors, and even material objects that characterize a group and are passed from one generation to the next. Bicycle was a significant transportation in the past, and there is a huge connection between our society and bicycle from many perspectives, like economy, transportation. Today, people may not ride their bike to school or work, but we should not lose our valuable culture. As a life changing instrument, bicycle should be kept and passed to our next generation. As a result, we definitely need a world bicycle day!!

Submitted by Jonathan Garcia Rivera on

I agree as well. We do not really see how powerful our bicycle are to our life and to our world. We are becoming lazy because we use ride bikes to go to school, work, or parks and now we drive everywhere we go and something is so unnecessary to do it. Just like the woman in the video delivering milk, my dad and I use to ride the bicycle from our farm to our house to delivered milk, but that was before we bought a car. I have so much memories with bikes that just make me want to have a special day as bicycle day. It good for the environment and for our healthy, but what’s most important for me is that is fun and relaxing. Bicycle one of the greatest inventions that I have ever seen. I’ll will teach my future generations how to ride bikes and what is the power of using one of them.

Submitted by Natasha rodriguez on

Very inspired by this. It's not recognized how amazing it is to live in a place where things are walking distance. Nowadays people forget how beautiful our earth is and how badly we treat it. We forget what it's like to interact with people because we are so wrapped up in our own lives. Bicycles are amazing creations. People who live in cities tend to take much more advantage of the fact that it is accessible to us and that we should take more advantage of it. It would be amazing if we all stepped out and smelled the roses sometimes. Perhaps even do something that will help your wellness and state of mind. Not only would it save us a lot of money and help the environment; it'll help us mentally, physically and emotionally but reconnecting with ourselves, our planet earth and the people around us. This article was moving and had made me reconsider my course of action.

Submitted by Bemnet Erbeto on

I could not agree more. This article is saying it all. Bicycle is very useful for both saving the environment and creating a healthy lifestyle. There is no carbon dioxide or other pollutant gases emission, when we use bicycle as a means of transportation. It is also very important was of exercise. How many of us us exercise in everyday life? However, people who bike exercise in more enjoyable way. We can encourage people to bike and we appreciate people who bike, when we have a bicycle day. Therefore, I strongly suggest the idea of having world bicycle day!!

Submitted by Michelle Lopez on

Wow I never realized how much a bicycle could impact someone's life, this women in Zambias whole life changed after she started using the bicycle she now has 2x the income, what a beautiful thing! Bicycle can be use for more than just exercise even though that is one of its great contributions but it can be a way someone can get to work and that what's so great about the bicycle. It has so many functions and can make our lives better. Our society is so focused on doing things as fast as we can, never stopping which is a reason we use our cars but our cars are causing so much pollution, it's interesting to see we can cut down on co2 emission by 11% just by riding our bicycle. Bicycles deserve at least one day to be celebrated which is why I support the article for the UN to recognize and have a national bicycle day!

Submitted by Karen Reyes on

Great article!! As a college student I live close enough to walk/bike to school and the only time I really drive to school is during the winter. There is a huge difference between the two. When it comes to driving to college, there is always this stressful environment where I'm always thinking "Will I find parking" or "will I be late for class because of traffic"....but when I chose to ride my bike or even at times just walked I knew that I was going to enjoy my journey to school. I would feel happier because I was enjoying the world around me. I didn't stress much because I knew exactly where to park and secure my bike, literally next to the building where my class was located, and knowing that it made me healthier is just a bonus. There should be a bike day because the bicycle is just a wonderful thing to use and should be appreciated.

Submitted by Genevive Adukpo on

Riding a bicycle on Sunny autumn afternoon feels like you are in a different world. You could feel the wind rush though your hair and feel the vibrant colors of the Autumn Leaves passing you by one by one. You can hear the birds singing their migration song and letting their mother (mother nature) know that she will see them next season. By the time you get to your destination you will feel like you were reborn from the ashes of the earth.

Submitted by Joshua Trejos on

The bicycle is one of the most productive creations. It allowed humans to transport not only themselves, but various goods from point A to B in a shorter duration compared to walking. Bicycles in this era can allow various enhancement to the world by: decreasing climate change, decreasing obesity, and even in some instances provide a faster arrival time than a car can achieve. Along with that, bikes are affordable. No one needs to buy a $1,000 bike in order to reap the benefits. Personally, having a bike was a rite of passage as a kid, it separated the little kids from the big kids, but now in this era the rite of passage has fallen to who has the better electronic device.

Submitted by Ioanna Galani on

A very powerful and perceptive article. Especially the story of Georgina is very touching and points out the essential role that bicycle can play in people's lives. I had never thought of how the rapid development of technology leads people to prefer the fast means of transportation, but not the qualitative ones. People, particularly individuals who live in more industrialized societies, cannot understand the benefits of the bicycle. Riding a bike means no pollution, less traffic and a more healthy lifestyle. Bicycle can likely be a point for social change because this will show that humanity still have the ability to think critically... Definitely World Bicycle Day should be sanctioned by the United Nations.

Submitted by Maksim Korobtchenko on

Wow I am liking this article already!!!!!! I can relate to this article very well because I also own a bicycle and have owned one for a few years now. I've had a bike when I was a kid as well and I am proud of it. I had no idea bicycles were very important until I read this article. There really should be a holiday to celebrate bicycles around the world.Bicycles have been around for centuries and as far as I know there are no celebrations to commemorate bicycles, so hopefully this holiday will be approved. Not everyone is interested in riding a bicycle, I actually do know some people who can't ride a bicycle and they are around my age. I believe everyone should get involved in riding a bicycle, it not only saves money but it can help people stay in shape.

Submitted by Andy Roman on

The data is not the only thing supporting the popularity of the bicycle, its the people and the love for it! Around the world people everyday commute with bicycles. Cars and trains may be more common, but it is the bicycle that clearly captures the heart of its riders. Bicycles provide easy access to pathways that cars and trains could not travel, and they are of course fantastic for the environment. We, the people, need a bicycle celebration to give our thanks and appreciation for this revolutionary invention. I truly believe that bicycles are the best method of transportation since they allow the rider to see the world in different perspectives. Cars are just for traveling. Bikes are for the experience and the sight-seeing. Besides, the only real difference, depending on the journey between cars and bikes is time. But if you're surrounded by people you love and traveling through a lovely place, would it matter? I think not. In today's society, we are becoming more and more urbanized, and at this pace, cars and trains will have less and less space to move. But do you know who will ride in and save the day? Bikes! **ring-ring**

Submitted by Joesene on

Great article. It's amazing how much we sit back and let modern technology replaced all the original things. Like a bike, bicycles have being around for around 200 years, yet we replaced them for cars, buses and other transportation. Seem like we forgot the good old days when we use to commute and compete with our families and friends on a bike. Not only were we having fun but we were also burning energy. Definitely something that we can't do with a car. On the other bicycles help people who cant afford a car or other transportation to get around. Like the lady mention in the article bicycles make it possible for to expand her milk buisness and so that she could feed her family. Let's bring back bicycles to life by promoting a advocate to give them a annual world day sanctioned by the united nation. They deserved it, our first first human to machine connection.

Submitted by Vera Campos on

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Submitted by Elisia George on

I never realized that the bicycle had been around for such a long time. In a society where more and more people are becoming environmentally conscious, I can see the and do agree that by 2050 the bicycle will become the mode of transportation of choice for most people.

Submitted by SHANE KHANT SOE MOE on

Bicycles are machines that have been existed for over 200 years. So, they are worth recognized. We have to thank people who invent bicycles, too. They invented a machine that is still useful until now. If there is a day for bicycles, people should only ride bikes on that day. Nations such as China really need such that day to reduce CO2.

Submitted by Jimmy Rodriguez on

Bycicles may be one of the greatest inventions of mankind. There is not a single thing negative that a bike could cause and benefits are countless. I agree with your points you brought it, bikes are great for the body and are environmental friendly.

Submitted by Negar Manafpour on

wow! I was fascinated by what was mentioned in the beginning of the article, bicycles have existed for more than 200 years but still remain the same and have not been replaced by anything, even with the rapid growing technology today. This is very important to remember and to keep in mind because it proves how much useful it has been throughout the many years and we need to help dedicate a day to it. This article is very inspiring and its a motivation for paying attention to bicycles.

Submitted by Natalia Jallorina on

This articular is very interesting because of how much bicycles in past the world. I did not know that over fifty percent of the human population knew how to ride a bike. I feel that it is easy to teach people and learn how to ride a bike so that number can go up. It is nice to know that even the prime minster of the Netherlands took time out on his visit to Israel to have a bike share ride. It is very true that in Asian country most family's depend on bikes to go to work, school, and do errands.

Submitted by Min Ji Kim on

I surely agree this article. I did not know that the bicycle was made about 200 years ago. Also, the amount is getting closer to 5 billion in 2050. When i was little, bicycle was my first transportation i used after i born. I also have lots of memories about bicycle and i enjoyed riding it. I was happy when i started to ride two wheel bike, and i was sad when i failed riding bike. Most memories are good and i love bicycle. I enjoyed riding a bike before i came to the college. I miss that time. We have to make world bicycle day and let people know the happiness of riding a bike! I am sure that people will love it!

Submitted by Kevin Lee on

The bicycle has certainly come a long way. Bicycles are a mode of transportation recognized around the world, yet our appreciation and acknowledgment has become complacent with respect to the fast pace of technology in our society. Bicycles have many practical uses ranging from travelling, work, even exercise. With so many functions useful to society, why shouldn't we have a day of recognition for the bicycle? Even the toilet has its own day. I believe as technology advances, the bicycle, a global pioneer, will transform into an innovative instrument that is incorporated into our daily lives.

Submitted by Zheng Yang on

I remember when I learned how to ride a bike was almost 20years ago. Bike was the most important commuting tool in China back then, and not every family can afford a bike. The whole time of in the middle school, bike was my best crimes. I have lost at least 2 bikes within 3 years, and I was scare to death to tell my mom. However, since I moved to the U.S, I have never ride a bike again. People would always reach out the easy way to achieve things, and I do too. Flash back, riding my pink bike was the most enjoyable time because it brought all my good memories back.

Submitted by Marlena Tan on

Bicycles are part of many childhood memories. They can be used in everyday activities and can be used for the greater good. Saves gas and saves the environment which also saves money. If there is a skateboard day, why shouldn't there be a bicycle day? I feel bicycles are just as important. I believe that throughout time bicycles have been such a great transportation and that it should be celebrated.

Submitted by Alex Torres on

Bicycles have been a form of exercise, and part of sports, and a means of transportation for a very long time. Many people in developing countries rely heavily on the bicycle for transportation. Even in cities across the U.S. you will see people traveling to and from work or school on a bicycle. Now with "global warming" becoming an important topic, bicycles are get more and more attention because of their minimal impact on the environment.

Submitted by Maryline happy on

Most of the instruments today are replaced but seems like the bicycle is one of the instruments who were actually adapted to modern technology. It's crazy to see how long ago it had been created and still that useful. There are some other instruments created less than 50 years ago but which have already been replaced.This is a reason for which there could be a world day for bike.

Submitted by Bethany Rupert on

Bicycles are often taken for granted and not given as much credit as they deserve. Car services like Uber and Lyft make it convienent with a click of a bottom to get a short destination when riding a bike is not only free, but it gives yourself exercise to keep up a healthy lifestyle. By having a national bicycle day, we all can come together and spent time outdoors instead of instead watching a whole season of a TV show on Netflix. This day could be a great thing for us. We need something to really get ourselves up and outside. This article really opened my eyes to how important a bike is. Great article.

Submitted by Noura Anani on

You know it's funny when my cousin saw that the weather lately had been sunny and nice, she suggested that we go biking and I immediately agreed. I'm really excited to go because I have not rode a bike since I was ten. It is really sad that I have not ridden one in so long. I remember as kid I used to imagine going everywhere with my bike. Also, my cousin's brother started biking last year and he loves it. Not only is biking a good exercise it is good for the planet as well.

Submitted by Amber Gosser on

The bicycle is not going anywhere. We need to recognize how many items are no longer "trending" in society. The bicycle on the other hand will always be ridden. Kids ride their bikes to school to give them a sense of freedom. Adults in Africa earn a living for their family by riding a bike to sell their products. We ride bicycles for exercise, and to get some place faster then Uber stuck in DC traffic. The bicycle needs to be recognize how far it has gotten it, and how much more potential it has in the future. If more people start riding bicycles then we could cut down pollution, not just in America, but all over the word.

Submitted by Chandler Tucker on

Bicycles are truly and invention that has stood its ground as time has passed. Having something that is so cheap but can be so versatile is for sure a wonder in our world. Bicycles not only help people be healthy as well as help the environment, it can help those truly in need. The story about the widow touched me because it's amazing how this one object can completely change the dynamics of the family. The bike helped the women raise more money and better support her children which can mean life or death. When I was a child having my bike to go around and hangout and talk to friends really shaped me today, I'm glad I didn't just sit around and text all day. The bicycle needs to be more appreciated and receive a day that shows the greatness of the bicycle.

Submitted by Daniel Bailer on

It is very clear that bicycles have the potential to possibly save the world. People often think bikes are only for recreation. Bicycles have the potential to save energy, pollution, and also create healthier lives. By riding your bike to work, you're saving yourself from having your car let off all those emissions, not to mention the cost to refuel, and the cost for insurance. Bikes have very little extra costs aside from repairs. Some areas such as the D.C. metropolitan area have made such steps to make bikes more popular. Capital Bikeshare for example puts over 3000 bicycles at your fingertips. You can choose any of the over 350 stations across Washington, D.C. maybe bicycles will one day once again become mainstream

Submitted by Rosemary Jones on

I agree very much. We as people don't value the simple little things and just let them get taken over by technology. We have created this life style of computer addicts that we don't see that we are loosing one of the greatest things we have for transportation. How is it that we appreciate are phones and laptops but can't take one day to appreciate the most useful transportation the bicycle. 200 years if you ask me thats something to celebrate!

Submitted by Nancy Le on

We tend to overlook the value of certain objects and take them for granted. This article helps emphasize the use of bicycles. It can not only reduce vehicle emissions, promote healthier habits but potentially save lives and help people earn more income. Yes, it may be much easier to get a ride from a car service, but you'll get no satisfaction doing things the easy way. The process of getting people off their butts and onto more bicycles may be difficult, but the hard work will pay off. There is no greater feeling than knowing youre making a difference. Lets beat our bad driving cars habit and #getonthemove with a bicycle. Spread the word, the growing amount of uses for bicycles are riding in fast!! #GETABICYCLE

Submitted by Jillian Hutchinson on

Some we fail to realize that bicycle is form of exercise, it keeps you in shape and saves money. Growing up as a kid having a bicycle was such a big deal. Everyone in the neighborhood would come together and ride their bike and go on advantures. Now a days having a bicycle is not so much of a big deal because we have cars that takes us everywhere and pollute our environment. Bicycle is the most amazing thing was ever created in this world because it's connecting people together in such amazing way. This article did amazing connecting history of bicycle to people for so long.

Submitted by Hector Cortez on

Most of us have had a bicycle or still have a bicycle stored away somewhere. We don't come to realize the true significance of the bicycle. In the case of Ms. Georgina from the video, she made the best of the bicycle by transporting her milk to earn her money and be able to survive. Countries that suffer from poverty have to find a way to transport around to their destination. Usually it's either by foot, animals, or bicycle. To this day my grandfather, who is in his 70s and has never had a car because he can't afford one, still uses a bicycle to move around. All his life I'm sure he has moved around by foot, horse or his bicycle. Not only is a bicycle a great tool for transportation, but it's obviously beneficial to someone's health. It's a great source of excercise that people can apply to their lives. Riding the bicycle can also reduce the amount of pollution affecting the air we breathe. We can all do our part to help being a global issue. Some countries have even banned people from being able to ride their bikes. I was shocked when I read that people don't even have the freedom to ride a bicycle. And for us who have the all the freedom to ride a bike, take it for granted. So let's take advantage of the bicycle! Let's give the bicycles it's recognition!

Submitted by Catherine Moses on

To me, it's crazy that the world doesn't already have a bicycle day! When I was young and first learned to ride my bike, it gave me confidence in myself that I could achieve goals that I set out to do. Later in life, this skill of riding a bike helped me form friendships, gave me transportation when I did not have bus money, and even made it more likely that my parents would allow me to go somewhere in the first place. The idea that bikes would cut down on air pollution is something that we do not really consider until we see the numbers. Bikes are relatively cheap, if well maintained they last longer than most cars, and nearly anyone can learn to ride one. I imagine a world better off if the knowledge of the benefits of the bicycle were widespread. This is why we should have a day for the bicycle, and it is why we should encourage everyone to learn to ride a bike! Young or old, boy or girl, big or small, the bike is amazing for all!

Submitted by David Thomas on

This was a very touching article, I liked how it showed that it not effective when it comes to exercising but how deep it impacts individuals lives. I really thought the video was nice because it showed how the woman's life changed when she received a bicycle. I think it is amazing that bicycle is over 200 years old and even though some may feel that value of the bicycle has dropped but more than half of the world population own bikes!

Submitted by Pablo Arellano on

The bike has always been a key part of the humans success. Without the bicycle we would have lacked the transportation in the earlier days. Even now, people use their bikes more than ever with the need for change as global warming becomes a bigger issue. I feel that by not only keeping the bicycle relevant but by adding a day of recognition we can help make a right. Not only will the bike have its day but the earth will be a better place.

Submitted by Adoni Louis on

Since the dawn of the industrial age, Bike has always been a great source of transportation, it's clean, healthy and keep your leg in great shape. We, as a species, have come a long way with the usage of the bike, however, as we developed a more sophisticated machine, we have lost in touch with it.having this article, it informed me about the importance of a bike, even when the world of transportation no longer embraces it as they once did in the past.As the population will grow larger every year, people might want to go back in start using the bicycle once more.

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