Cycle To Work Day

Cycle to Work Day is a holiday observed annually on August 6th with a very simple purpose: to encourage people to cycle to work for just one day. Why? Well, to show that taking their bike to work can have a positive effect on a person’s mental and physical health and that it’s also good for the environment.

Study after study has shown that if Americans drove just 10% less than what they currently do, it would have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Imagine if every American took a day off from driving. It would prevent billions of tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.

The History of Cycle to Work Day

Although many people might suspect that this holiday has been around for quite a while, we don’t think many people know exactly how long it has been celebrated. The concept of cycling to work began when the League of American Bicyclists suggested the idea of riding a bike for a day in 1956.

This holiday didn’t take off very well in the United States, at least not initially. It did, however, take off when the United Kingdom borrowed the idea in 2011. It was celebrated in Europe for a few years before the idea was picked back up in the United States. Since then, it has been a holiday that many Americans choose to celebrate each year.

Observing Cycle to Work Day

Cycle to Work Day is a holiday that anyone can observe, especially if they already own a bicycle. All they have to do is keep their car in the garage and ride their bike to and from work. People can also encourage their friends and family members to do the same. Additionally, people can spread the word about this holiday online using the hashtag #CycleToWorkDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 6 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
August 6 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
August 6 Sunday
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