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World Bicycle Day 2020

Bicycle Network's favourite day of the year (unsurprisingly) has come and gone as millions of riders around the world celebrated World Bicycle Day yesterday.

Unfortunately for us Down Under, World Bicycle Day doesn't fall on the first week of summer, but some chilly weather didn't stop plenty of Aussies getting out on the bike yesterday to celebrate.

This year, we asked riders to share photos and stories from their ride using #WorldBicycleDay and #JustRide â€” and you didn't disappoint (check out our Instagram highlight for all the snaps!)

Bicycle Network awarded three gift cards valued at $100 to spend of servicing or upgrading their bicycles to our favourite three shots from the day (see below).

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#WorldBicycleDay #JustRide #Sendit #MTB @bicycle_network

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The commute on World Bicycle Day, #worldbicycleday #lifeofbikes @bicycle_network #justride

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World bicycle day! Give your bike a ride. I đź’śmy scully @bicycle_network

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Why do we celebrate?

Well, to quote the United Nations who inaugurate World Bicycle Day in 2018:

To acknowledge 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, fostering environmental stewardship and health.

The mobility needs of people who walk and cycle continue to be overlooked, even though the benefits of investing in pedestrians and cyclists can save lives, help protect the environment and support poverty reduction. Meeting the needs of people who walk and cycle continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities de-couple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety.

So, there's that. And on top of the health, environmental, economic and developmental benefits... its bloody good fun.

If you're still riding the high from World Bicycle Day, you can check our a couple of shows from yesterday that featured Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards talking about bikes:

ABC Radio:

What needs to be done to make bikes safe to ride in Victoria?

SBS's Zwift Cycling Central podcast:

Or read up on the interesting history of the bike here.

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