3 June 2018
A very first celebration for the World Bicycle Day took place in Yangon on Sunday. The Ministry of Health and Sports and Myanmar Cycling Federation jointly organized the event.
United Nations designated the 3rd of June as World Bicycle Day to promote awareness about the multiple societal benefits of using bicycle for transport and leisure.
World Bicycle Day movement aimed to reduce the green house gas, provide for healthy and conserve for natural environment. The movement was participated by 57 countries including Myanmar.
General secretary, Myanmar cycling federation, Kyaw Min Than said “UN approved world bicycle day this year so we arranged to celebrate this movement across the country. Our federation is making efforts for cycling to become a mass participation in cooperation with concerned departments and social organizations. We organize cycling competition at the basic education level and finds to get the cyclists in States and Regions.”
Over 800 cyclists including the local authorities, community groups, charities and cycling groups participated for the sports and physical activity program.
To develop cycling activity, the cyclist groups plan to ask for cycling lanes in Yangon and other major cities.
General Secretary, Bicycle Network Myanmar, Soe Paing said “We try to promote cycling practices among the public. We have a motto “share the road” intends for the cyclists, walkers and motor vehicles drivers. The government should arrange for 3-feet wide bicycle lane on each side of the road.”
Participant, Hein Yazar said “In Yangon, the public are asking for bicycle lane. If it was allowed, I think that the traffic jam will be reduced. It will also save time as well as reduce the fuel for environmental protection.”
The World Bicycle Day celebrations were organized not only in Yangon but also 16 major cities from 11 States and Regions across the country.