Mahmudul Hoque Moni
Today is the 3rd June – the World Bicycle Day. The United Nation’s General Assembly adopted the resolution on the 12th of April 2018 to observe this day annually. And, in today’s world especially amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, bicycles become more important than any time before.
Bangladesh started to observe this day immediately after the resolution was passed and a large community was seen riding bicycles in the capital. Several NGOs, environmental activists and cyclists’ communities observed this today with various activities. Work for a Better Bangladesh, an organization is known for its active vocal for environmental issues has hosted a talk show on its Facebook page. Several community organizations held rallies with bicycles to remind us of the benefits of using them instead of motor-run vehicles.
Sources agree that cycling makes the human body more resilient, fit, and healthy. An Australian organization – better health channel shows these three major benefits:
- Cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis.
- Riding a bike is healthy, fun and a low-impact form of exercise for all ages.
- Cycling is easy to fit into your daily routine by riding to the shops, park, school, or work.
Cycling Weekly, a London-based charity reports that cycling not only improves mental well-being but also cuts heart disease and cancer risk.
For Bangladesh, introducing bicycles – a vehicle that has zero carbon emission and zero negative impact on the environment – can be the key to create healthy cities across the country, including the most densely populated city in the world – Dhaka. It will help to reduce the traffic jam and building a more inclusive and sustainable infrastructure in the city.
During these pandemic times, especially when publicly used transports especially buses are risky and the much-required social distancing rules in place, – cycling could just be a timely solution. However, policymakers need to recognize that as a growing Bicycle industry, Bangladesh has very good potential. A Lighthouse Partners’ article written by Ishrat Jahan Holy shows us the enormous possibility of this tiny vehicle in our personal lives and in our national economy.
Thanks for reading.