UN to endorse bicycles on roads to tackle climate change

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On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly's 193 members passed a resolution endorsing bicycles as a strategy for combating climate change.

The resolution, submitted by Turkmenistan, was voted unanimously and was non-binding, as are all General Assembly resolutions.

The United Nations has urged member nations to incorporate bicycles into public transit in both developing and industrialized countries.

Increased cycling, as a result of increased road safety and bike-riding promotion, will aid in "sustainable development, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions," according to the resolution.

More specifically, the resolution urged member states to prioritize cycling in cross-cutting development strategies, such as bicycle-sharing systems, as well as international, regional, national, and subnational development policies and programs, whenever possible.

Bicycles, in addition to being zero-emission vehicles, are known to promote healthy lives by exercising the body while users peddle.

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