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World Bicycle Day today

Ride a bicycle to ensure a pollution-free environment, health

 Feature Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:13 AM, 3 June 2022   Updated: 11:15 AM, 3 June 2022

Cycling bicycle in the morning and afternoon can ensure a pollution-free environment and good health; Photo: Collected

Cycling bicycle in the morning and afternoon can ensure a pollution-free environment and good health; Photo: Collected

World Bicycle Day is being observed today, Friday (June 3) across the world. The day, which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2018, is celebrated every year on June 3.

Bicycles are well-known worldwide as affordable and reliable vehicles. It is said to be an element of sustainable development as it does not harm the environment.

Professor Leszek Sibilski, a Polish sociologist in the United States, has been cycling since childhood. He was encouraging the children in the class to ride bicycles. In 2015, he wrote an article about the huge market of bicycles in the market and sent it to the World Bank. The World Bank takes that article into acount. He then started talking to people to run the World Bicycle Day campaign.

In a blog post, he wrote – “Why there is no World Day for bicycles”. He started a cycling project in his class. He started campaigning through social media, especially on Twitter and Facebook.

For the first time, he raised the issue of the importance of Bicycle Day at a gathering titled “scientists for cycling” in Taipei, Taiwan. At the end of the conference, everyone was forced to admit that a special day was needed for cycling. He spoke to a UN ambassador in 2016 about the issue.

Many people did not see the issue as important. But as a cyclist himself, Leszek Sibilski knew he had to stick. He continued his discussions with the World Bank with sustainable development in mind. The then manager of the World Bank asked him to change his strategy.

He advised Leszek to communicate with those countries that work on sustainable development. With that advice in mind, Leszek went to Turkmenistan this time. Turkmenistan then responded to the UN on its sustainable development.

In 2017, Leszek Sibilski joined the UN Permanent Mission in Turkmenistan. During discussions with diplomats, he was able to convince them of the usefulness of the Bicycle Day. A quote from Elon Musk at the time encouraged him to stick – “When you are motivated to do something important, overcoming all adversity, do it.” Leszek felt that his mission was very important.

Throughout the process, he has had to listen to a lot of people, face a lot of rejections, and change tactics over and over again. Everyone had to be persuaded with an open mind and flexible strategy.

Finally, in 2018, with the support of 56 other countries, including Turkmenistan, the UN General Assembly declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day.

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