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World Bike Day - Celebrating the freedom machine

World Bike Day - Celebrating the freedom machine

June 03, 2021


Here’s a fun fact you might not know: The first bike was invented way back in 1817 by a German dude who called it the “swiftwalker” (we’re glad this name didn’t stick). It had no pedals and the frame was a wooden beam.

 

That’s over two hundred years ago that the first bike hit the road. Since then, the two-wheeled machine has transformed to become iconic in the world of sport, commuting, and engineering. So much so that the United Nations have set a day for the bicycle - and rightly so. 

And here’s what makes World Bike Day so great

World Bike Day is a celebration of our favourite thing, but it’s also a pretty rad initiative by the UN and the World Health Organisation. Putting the bike under the spotlight, World Bike Day shows our humble bike as the shining beacon as a simple way to get people moving and to make movement more sustainable.

Encouraging people to get moving on bikes is part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. When bikes make their way into a massive campaign like the Paris Agreement, you know they're lekker.

There’s also a triple-threat benefit to promote active transportation as the UN point out so well:

  • -More movement = better health. 
  • -Less traffic. And you know where we stand on that one. F*ck traffic.
  • -It’s better for the environment. Bikes don’t give bad fumes. They only give good vibes.
Don’t just take it from us. Here’s what the UN themselves say:

The bicycle — a simple, affordable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation. The bicycle contributes to cleaner air and less congestion and makes education, health care and other social services more accessible to the most vulnerable populations.”

So baaasically, World Bike Day is here because bikes are fantastic for fitness and because they’re a proper way to protect the planet. 

And we’re excited to get behind that. That's why we're dedicating our Thursday Night Ride this week to it.

Here’s to World Bike Day and here’s to celebrating bikes! 

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