Wednesday 23 April 2014
News updated at 5:08 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.5°C
Min : 21.5°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

Cycling ahead with enthusiasm

Tini Sara Anien, Nov 5, 2013, DHNS:
conscious choice Many Bangaloreans find cycling a  convenient mode of transport.

Cycling is a passion for some and a habit for others. Be it health reasons or otherwise, there are many groups and individuals in the City, who have been trying to spread the fun of cycling into the masses. And now, with the concept of ‘Cycle Day’ introduced in the City, these cycling enthusiasts are hoping for the best. The event, called ‘Feel Bengaluru Cycle Day’, kicked off on October 27 in Cubbon Park, and will be followed every month.

Cycling enthusiasts and the authorities spoke about how such a day would be accepted by Bangaloreans. Rohan Kini, founder of ‘Bums on the Saddle’, a bicycle shop, said that
in a City like Bangalore, where the distances are not much, cycling will be a good option for commuting. “Enjoying every aspect of cycling is what got us into it. Unlike what most people say, fuel cost is not what triggered cycling for me. It was about the fun and the fitness regimen,” says Rohan.

He adds that the success of the concept depends on what the goal is. “It is mainly about making people know that there is something like this happening, even if not all will take up the option,” he elaborates.  When asked what should be done to make the City more cycle-friendly, Rohan is quick to add that cycle racks need to be added to the transport buses to get this concept going.


Venkateshwara Rao Navanasi, a quality consultant who’s been cycling for five years, commutes daily on cycle, as a regular exercise. “It was mainly the health factor which drove me to it. I commute by it everytime, unless when I have to take my family out. In a City like Bangalore, it’s upon the people to overcome their inhibitions,” says Venkateshwara. He opines that often people here think cycling is also related to a particular social strata of people. Venkateshwara believes that if the importance of cycling is understood well, then arrangements to spread the practice of cycling will come by itself.

Murali Ramanath from Namma Cycle, which provided 50 free rental cycles for the event, says that this attempt by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) aims to communicate the message of cycling and get people to meet others. “The safety
factor seems to be worrying most people in the City. Thus people refrain from cycling. This concept aims to break this barrier,” he says. To make cycling popular, Murali adds that the government needs to look into making proper cycling lanes. “Seeing the success of the last ‘Cycle Day’, we will be providing 150 cycles for the coming one. We also intend to encourage people who ply by cycle regularly like those in the postal department and more, from the coming one,” he says.

Srinidhi S, one of the ‘Cycle Day’ volunteers, states that after a cycle survey was done, it was realised that one of the biggest reasons — 60 per cent of the reason of cycling still not being popular yet, was the safety factor. “We aim to crack this fear among the people. On the ‘Feel Bengaluru Cycle Day’, the Mayor took part, which also helped to push the message deeper,” says Srinidhi. He adds that they also aim to bring alive the ‘Heritage Ride’, where people would be travelling across the City visiting different historical points.

The authorities weren’t able to clearly state how a trend in cycling would help the City’s traffic and pollution state since this is a new concept, but they are hopeful that it does. Additional commissioner of police (traffic), B Dayanand says, “Compare a cycle to a four- wheeler or two-wheeler, and the space used is very less. And thus, when cycling becomes popular, congestion is bound to reduce on the roads, which will lead to smoother traffic flow.” A representative from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board says that since the number of cycles are minimal in the City, the amount of pollution reduced would be hard to compute. “If the trend increases and more cycles are introduced, one will be able to note a change,” he states.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bengaluru FC player in a Jubilant mood at International Airport,Bengaluru after winning I league...

Bengaluru FC player in a Jubilant mood at International Airport,Bengaluru after winning I league...

Timothy John Bristow, Sir Robert Bristow’s nephew with his wife Rebecca visits the Harbour Bridge...

Timothy John Bristow, Sir Robert Bristow’s nephew with his wife Rebecca visits the Harbour Bridge...

Priyanka Vadra shares meal with a village woman in a field during an election campaign for her...

Priyanka Vadra shares meal with a village woman in a field during an election campaign for her...

Encyclopaedia Britannica President Jorge Cauz and Geeta Dharmarajan, founder & executive directoR...

Encyclopaedia Britannica President Jorge Cauz and Geeta Dharmarajan, founder & executive directoR...

School children greet Sachin Tendulkar on the eve of his birthday in Moradabad...

School children greet Sachin Tendulkar on the eve of his birthday in Moradabad...

An Indian Hindu devotee prays to the river Ganges, in Varanasi, India...

An Indian Hindu devotee prays to the river Ganges, in Varanasi, India...

A ragpicker girl Zahanara Khatun, 12, looks at the camera as she searches for recyclable items at...

A ragpicker girl Zahanara Khatun, 12, looks at the camera as she searches for recyclable items at...

Indians stand on the banks of the River Yamuna, covered in industrial effluence on Earth Day in...

Indians stand on the banks of the River Yamuna, covered in industrial effluence on Earth Day in...

Indian devotees pray and take dip on the banks of the river Ganges, in Varanasi...

Indian devotees pray and take dip on the banks of the river Ganges, in Varanasi...

A man poses as he gets his face painted ahead of the sixth phase of India's general election...

A man poses as he gets his face painted ahead of the sixth phase of India's general election...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523