Today there are an estimated 1 billion bicycles in the world – about as many as passenger

Today there are an estimated 1 billion bicycles in the world – about as many as passenger cars. Their use spans the generations, from toddlers to older persons; once you learn, you never forget. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Message for World Bicyle Day 2024 goes as “Bikes are freedom; bikes are fun. They are good for one’s health — physical and mental — and good for our one and only planet. Bikes are popular and practical, providing exercise and transporting us not only to school, stores and work but to a more sustainable future”.

Smt. Jamuna Mishra Academy JMA established in the year 2004 is presently one of the most sought after schools at Pilani considered as Oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a matter of great pride that alumni of JMA are presently pursuing higher education in various institutions which include NAAC A++ and UGC Category-I, Banasthali Vidyapith which in Times Higher Education ‘THE’ is Second Best Women’s University in global rankings as well as Institution of Eminence BITS Pilani.

JMA Pilani has established a rich tradition of observing various days and festivals of international as well as national importance on a regular basis. Due to COVID-19, with schools closed keeping the children engaged academically and culturally has become a serious challenge for many educational institutions in India today with a few exceptions such as JMA Pilani. Every year on 03 June, World Bicycle Day is celebrated to demonstrate this great machine and to highlight the importance of non-motorized transport for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as well as for combating climate change.

As per Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 12 April 2018, the first official World Bicycle Day was celebrated on June 3, 2018. The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation. The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, health care and sport.

World Bicycle Day draws attention to the benefits of using 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. A sustainable transport system that promotes economic growth, reduces inequalities while bolstering the fight against climate change is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment. 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 bicycle is indeed a humble environment friendly machine which truly liberates the rider to break through latitudes and longitudes to spread the message of non violence, peace and love,

Through this dedicated day, the UN urges stakeholders to understand and raise emphasis on the benefits of cycling. As a matter of fact, cycling ensures an individual’s physical fitness; it is more durable and can also help in efforts towards sustainable development. Furthermore, the cycle has been in use for over two centuries and is cherished by both adults and children. Cycle also promotes inclusivity as it is not very costly and can be afforded by both rich and poor people of the society.

Under normal circumstances JMA Pilani would have organized many cycling related events like slow cycling competition, cycle race and many others. However, due to the current corona virus situation, Principal JMA Pilani Mrs Booma Natarajan decided to celebrate the same virtually and gave a clarion call to the students to make drawings for the occasion and post photographs of themselves with their cycles. This event has indeed become talk of Pilani town today.