World Bicycle Day celebrates the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle and promotes it as a simple, sustainable, reliable, fun and affordable means of transportation.
Why celebrate the bicycle?
In 2018 the United Nations declared 3 June as World Bicycle Day. World Bicycle Day is a chance for people around the globe to pay tribute to the bicycle and the many benefits it brings to society. Riding a bike can be a profession, a form of entertainment, a tool to freedom, an outlet of expression or quite simply the best way of getting from A to B.
Bikes are free to ride, brilliant for your physical and mental health, good for the environment and the economy, and are a stress-free way to get where you’re going.
Whether you’re a pro cyclist, a regular rider to work, school or the shops, or just enjoy a social pedal on the weekend, we can all agree that the bike should be celebrated!
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” – Eddy Merckx
World Bicycle Day is a chance for people around the globe to celebrate the many forms of bike riding. At Bicycle Network, our aim is to get as many Australian’s as possible to sit in the saddle and spin the wheels.
So please join in, no matter where you live, you can celebrate the freedom of movement and #justride.
Thanks to everyone who shared their #WorldBicycleDay photos in 2021. Here are a few of the highlights from the day.
While World Bicycle Day is a day to celebrate all things bike riding, you can get on your bike everyday to live a happier, healthier life. Check out some of our tips and resources below.
See you out there!
Quadricycle world record attempt
What has four wheels, eight legs and will be attempting to set a Guinness World Record? Monash University’s quadricycle!
To help spread the joy and fun of bike riding, a team of four riders will be aiming to set fastest time for 10km ridden on a quadricycle. Led by ABC Radio Melbourne Breakfast host and comedian Sammy J, the team will be trying to beat the existing record of 44 minutes 21.91 seconds set in the UK in 2015.
They’ll be pedalling around Hawthorn Velodrome, which will take around 30–34 laps to complete 10kms. An official timekeeper will be on hand to officiate the record attempt.
The record attempt was scheduled for World Bicycle Day on Thursday 3 June, however has been postponed due to the Victoria coronavirus lockdown. A new time and date will be confirmed when possible.
ABC Radio Melbourne will be giving updates on the world record attempt as it happens. You will also be able to track the ride on ABC Melbourne and Bicycle Network social media pages.
The history of the bicycle
What a wonderful history it is!
The bicycle has been around for more than 200 years, can you believe it?
From the early days of the running machine to Australia’s cycling craze and its ability to help people get through pandemics and crises, delve into a brief history of the bicycle.Read more