World bicycle Day

World bicycle Day

The bicycle.... what an invention! Who would have known that the ‘Swiftwalker’ would conquer the world. For 200 years now the bicycle has been part of humanity and with the recent evolution to electric bikes it seems like they are here to stay. 

When the bicycle was first invented in 1817 it was called a swiftwalker. The first bicycles had no pedals and so it was almost like you were walking on wheels. Not too much later metal frames replaced the wooden ones, and pedals became part of the new design. Bicycles later played a big role in transporting soldiers during WWI and WWII. It’s around WWII that the first folding bikes were invented, as they were easier to drop out of airplanes.

Horses need foor and care – motorcycles need gasoline and maintenance, but a bicycle will almost always do the job. The lack of roads also gave bicycles a small advantage as you could carry them over rough terrain. So if we like bicycles so much, why did it take 200 years before we celebrated the first world Bicycle day? 

We took the bicycle for granted. Cheap, always ready, easy to handle or maintain, relatively safe, …. There are so many benefits to this simple solution and yet it’s always been a secondary means of transport. So in April 2018 the United Nations General Assembly declared the 3rd of June to be the official international World Bicycle Day. This to help recognise "the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport.”

The bicycle is a worldwide symbol of human progress and advancement. It has been with us for a long time and everyone agrees it is a symbol of sustainable transport. We celebrate the 3rd of June as World Bicycle Day to show gratitude to one our simplest yet most influential inventions. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic there will not be any huge public gatherings as there have been in the past two years where people have gathered for rallies. Usually people would join others on a bicycle ride around town and hold other events that would involve bicycles. Since social distancing is going on, people can take go for rides on their own instead of taking their cars.

World Bicycle Day is a chance for people to celebrate all forms of bicycle riding. At Ridr we want to encourage cycling and create awareness for the dangers that come with modern cycling. So please join us, it doesn’t matter how far or long you ride you’re still a RIDR!