On the occasion of the International Day for Bicycles, which falls on the third of June of each year, last Thursday a cycling event was held in Sulaymaniyah, which included both women and men and for different age groups.
The event was a 3 km bike riding race on the Malik Mahmud Street of Sulaymaniyah and prizes were distributed to the winning Cyclists.
Farhad Mahmoud, the event supervisor, told PUKmedia that "The race aims to spread the culture of cycling and show its health and physical importance and support the nature and environment that were affected by car smoke."
"Young men and women competitors participated in the event, in addition to bicycle lovers," he added.
Cyclist Mohammed Rahim told PUKmedia, "I congratulate cyclists on their day... I have been riding the bike for ten years at work and home, and now I am participating in delivering a message of love, peace, and health to the community."
"Bicycle is a friend of man and a friend of his environment, and I ask those concerned to establish a biking road path to keep drivers safe and away from traffic accidents,” he added.
World Bicycle Day is observed on June 3 every year to highlight the importance of cycling tradition and its significant role in keeping our health and planet fit. Cycling is a multidimensional exercise done by all age groups, has numerous health benefits, prevents diseases, and fosters sustainable development.
Bicycle Day 2021 celebration amid pandemic:
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Bicycle Day logo:
Bicycle as a means of transport is cheap and affordable by both rich and the poor. The blue and white logo of World Bicycle Day, which depicts cyclists around the world with the hashtag #June3WorldBicycleDay was designed by Isaac Feld. Professor John E Swanson made the accompanying animation.
Reported by Adnan Jaf from Sulaymaniyah