June 3 has been declared as, the first, ‘World Bicycle Day’ by the UN. According to the UN declaration, one of the benefits of cycling is that “the synergy between the bicycle and the user fosters creativity and social engagement and gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment”.
There is more to Cycling………….
Cycling is beneficial in improving your health, reducing pollution and increasing your understanding of your surrounding.
Feeling One with Nature
The oneness that you feel with nature is unique and cannot be experienced by using any other means of transportation. You cannot feel the experience even by walking.
Science-fiction are just fictions
We read so many science-fiction about the future where people will be far-removed from nature. They live in a technological habitat, surrounded by the gadgets and with little interaction with nature or fellow humans. Go cycling to change your perception. Man can coexist with nature even when they are immersed in technology.
Return to Nature
Now there is a change in perception. People are understanding the importance of Nature. There are many ‘back to nature’ and ‘sustainable development’ activities. The interest that people show in the kitchen garden, home cooking and nature tours are an indication that we understand that for the existence of the human species we need to live in tandem with nature.
Striving to Co-Exist
Understanding nature and striving to co-exist with the natural environment is a necessity. Nowadays most of us take a break from our city life, permeated by technology, and travel to places that are almost untouched by the automation.
Balancing Nature and Technology
We go back to nature because we know nature has much to offer to our existence. We get rejuvenated in our health by spending some time with the environment. We tend to be more creative when we are closer to nature. Preserving the environment is a selfish need of the human species. So we have the Nature movements and the Sustainable development models.
Cycling for Sustainable Development
When you cycle you will feel the breeze. You will see all the flora and fauna and humans around you. As you are travelling in the open space, not in a closed vehicle, you will feel one with nature. That feeling of oneness is the beginning of your positive outlook towards the environment and other species.
Feel the Surrounding
Yes, you can feel the nature with your five senses. When you travel in a car you are in a closed environment and artificial air conditioning.
There two types of pollution that happen when you Cycle. Since Cycle does not run on fuel, you are saving the environment from gas emitted from fuels. On the other hand, your body becomes more immune to pollution. Your lungs and internal organs are healthier because of more intake of oxygen.
According to the UN cycling has ‘has a positive impact on climate”. If more people use cycle then there will less pollution.
When you cycle your cardiovascular fitness increases. There is the movement of joint and muscular flexibility. A number of diseases are prevented or becomes less severe by cyclings like diabetes, some cancers, arthritis and diseases.
Perfect transportation during traffic jams
On a day when there is a traffic jam, you can speed through the traffic. There is o excuse for being late to work.
In many countries, there are depots where you can rent a cycle and go the office. There is the twin benefit; you are following a fitness regime on a working day as well as having a pollution free commutation.
According to UN “The bicycle can serve as a tool for development and as a means not just of transportation but also of access to education, healthcare and sport”.
Enjoy bicycling today and share your experience in the comment box.