What is World Bicycle Day?
World Bicycle Day celebrates the countless ways that bicycles have improved lives around the world, including those of families in developing nations who rely on bicycles as a primary means of transportation. Bicycles can provide a clean, affordable and environmentally friendly transport option, and also make a practical charity gift idea for those in need.
Let’s take a look at why World Bicycle Day is celebrated annually, and how you can personally help to support the day.
When is World Bicycle Day?
World Bicycle Day 2022 is on Friday 3rd June.
Why is World Bicycle Day celebrated?
In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 3rd of June as World Bicycle Day. The purpose of World Bicycle Day is to recognise the “uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries”, with the primary message being that the bicycle belongs to and serves all of humanity.
The United Nations states that bicycles make education, health care and other social services more accessible to the most vulnerable populations. A transport system that supports bicycle use can ultimately provide economic growth, reduce inequalities and facilitate social inclusion for those who would otherwise have no means of transportation.
With sustainability and climate change currently being important global issues, World Bicycle Day also recognises the bicycle as “a symbol of sustainable transport”. The day of observance “conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production that has a positive impact on climate”, with environmental sustainability being a key component of ChildFund Australia’s work in developing nations.
How can I support World Bicycle Day 2022?
You can help to make bicycles accessible to children in need this World Bicycle day by fundraising for ChildFund Australia, or donating through our Gifts for Good program.
Let’s take a look at these options:
Donate a bike and helmet
Many children in developing nations struggle to continue their education because of the long distances they have to walk to school, and the potential dangers that they face along the way. You can donate a bicycle and helmet to help students to get to class safely, stay in school, and spend time studying not travelling!
Create a Facebook fundraiser
Did you know that you can fundraise on Facebook for ChildFund Australia? By setting up your own fundraiser, you can invite others to donate a bicycle and helmet also. Help to support World Bicycle Day by creating your fundraiser now, and get your family and friends on board with this worthy cause.
Host a morning tea
You can take the time to discuss World Bicycle Day with your co-workers, by setting up a morning tea fundraiser in the office. A gold coin donation from staff members could be suggested, with the proceeds from this going to the purchase of bicycles and helmets for those most in need.
Together we can empower children all over the world to access sustainable transport this World Bicycle Day, providing them with the means to attend regular schooling and thrive.