Chandni Chowk MP and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan rode a bicycle to Nirman Bhawan to take charge of his department.
The minister later tweeted the benefits of cycling and creating awareness about World Bicycle Day.
The United Nations had declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day in April, 2018.
GreenGoodDeed_237#Cycling is a simple,affordable, reliable,clean & environmentally sustainable means of transport.#UNGA has declared June 3 as #WorldBicycleDay to underline contribution of cycling to sustainable development goals. It’s my fav sport too 2 #BeatAirPollution @UN pic.twitter.com/eVYcRJLBva
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 3, 2019
World Bicycle Day, 3rd JUNE
- Encourages Member States to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes;
- Encourages Member States to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design, in particular through policies and measures to actively protect and promote pedestrian safety and cycling mobility, with a view to broader health outcomes, particularly the prevention of injuries and non-communicable diseases;
- Encourages stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace;
- Encourages Member States to adopt best practices and means to promote the bicycle among all members of society, and in this regard welcomes initiatives to organize bicycle rides at the national and local levels as a means of strengthening physical and mental health and well-being and developing a culture of cycling in society.