New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: World Bicycle Day is an annual event celebrated on June 3 since 2018. The resolution of World Bicycle Day lay emphasis on uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of bicycle, which has been in use for the last two hundred years. Cycling not improves health but also contributes to a pollution-free environment. Besides, it aids in weight loss, improves postures, reduces stress. This day came into effect in 2018 as the UN General Assembly declared June 3 as International Bicycle Day. On this day, we are sharing 10 interesting/ unknown facts about cycling:

The first bicycles were created in France, but the modern design was taken from England.

The fastest bicyclist till date is John Howard-- an American rider with maximum record speed on flat surface at 133.75 km per hour.

In Netherlands, seven out of eight people over 15 years old have a bicycle.

Cycling can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It strengthens heart muscles, reduces blood fat levels, and lowers resting pulse.

Regular cycling aids in development of muscle endurance.

It also strengthens lower body muscles like hamstring, glute muscles, and quadriceps.

Cycling also promotes a healthy lifestyle for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Bicycle is a symbol of human progress and development. 

A bicycle is 20 times cheaper to maintain than a car.

The amount of energy used for walking can increase cycle speed by three times.

The longest bicycle was more than 20 meters long. It had a seating arrangement for more than 35 people.

If the number of cyclists increased by three times, the rate of motorist-bicyclist accidents would be reduced to half.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, one should try to learn safety rules for cycling like wearing helmets, maintaining social distancing while riding, keeping globes, and helmets properly sanitised. It is advised that one must long rides during the ongoing situation. 

Posted By: James Kuanal