A group of members of ‘Banjaluka Critical Mass’ will organize a bicycle ride through Banjaluka on Monday evening to mark the World Bicycle Day.

Citizens will gather in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art at 1830 hrs and start the ride at 1900 hrs.

In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as the International World Bicycle Day. The resolution for the World Bicycle Day recognizes “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 transportation”.

According to the statement published on the United Nations official web site, “the bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, healthcare and sport”.

The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment. At the same time, the bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation and conveys a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production, and has a positive impact on climate”, the statement reads.

Action bicycle

The World Bicycle Day encourages UN Member States to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programs.

It also encourages Member States to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design, in particular through policies and measures to actively protect and promote pedestrian safety and cycling mobility, with a view to broader health outcomes, particularly the prevention of injuries and non-communicable diseases.