Turkmenistan celebrated World Bike Day on a grand scale, an annual event held on June 3. Its fundamental goals are to popularize bicycles and healthy lifestyles, as well as to affirm the desire for sustainable transport.
Bicycle Day is celebrated in all corners of the world - this initiative of Turkmenistan was supported by the relevant Resolution of the UN General Assembly, adopted during the 72nd session, which was held in April 2018. In a situation when the global climate change is trying to stop by all means, the importance of the above-mentioned event is increasing.
As the initiator of this globally important event, Turkmenistan strives to take a leading role in its implementation, not only at the national but also at the global level. On the eve of this significant date Turkmen missions in the countries of residence organize bicycle rallies and other activities to promote the World Bike Day among the local population.
On June 3 in Turkmenistan, in the capital and in all velayats, sports, cultural and entertainment events are held. Large-scale bicycle rallies are often held in the country, timed not only to the above-mentioned date, but also to other significant events. Traditionally They are led by the leader of the nation, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
The actions held in the country to promote bicycling are characterized not only by their scale, but also by their uniqueness. For example, in 2019, 2019 cyclists took part in a bicycle rally. They lined up and rode around the capital's Olympic City, covering 3,300 meters. The event was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest bike parade in a single line.
Last year, the Bicycle Monument was unveiled in Ashgabat, and this year, in accordance with the proposal of the capital city authorities and public activists, The eco-action was timed to coincide with the 140th anniversary of the founding of Ashgabat. It began on May 10 and ends on May 25, 2021, with the goal of limiting the use of automobiles. Its main goal is to teach people to be responsible for their natural environment, to increase the eco-culture of the population and create a favorable living environment, and to increase the number of those who choose bicycles as their main mode of transportation.
Also in May of this year, a high-level meeting was held in Vienna to discuss issues relating to transport, health and the environment. The participants adopted a joint declaration aimed at accelerating the transition to environmentally friendly, harmless and universally accessible modes of transport that promote well-being.
Also approved was the Pan-European Cycling Plan, signed by delegates from 56 countries. It envisages a doubling of cycling and the number of people using bicycles by 2030.
Source and photo: turkmenistan.gov.tm