The third edition of Raahgiri Day evoked great response with a large number of people enthusiastically taking part in different activities despite light drizzle on cold Sunday morning.
Raahgiri Day, an event by HT, aims at making people feel happy and safe on roads again.
The vehicular movement around the lake in Sector 42 was restricted from 7am to 12pm in coordination with the Chandigarh traffic police.
Youngsters and elders could be seen running, cycling, skating, playing football and taking part in different fun activities. The event included aerobics, an energy-packed Zumba session and a yoga session by Art of Living.
A play by Alankar Theatre Group was also staged to spread awareness about cleanliness and how pollution is affecting our lives.
Visitors were provided with badminton raquettes, discs, scooters, cycles and other playing tools free of cost.
Surbhi, who turned 20 on Sunday, got a pleasant surprise as her birthday was celebrated in a colourful ceremony where youngsters danced on latest Punjabi and Hindi songs. "I will remember this for rest of my life," she said.
After seeing positive response on the event, Gaurav Gulati, resident of Sector 41, decided to come with his six-year-old son to take part in the event for the first time.
"I heard a lot about Raahgiri Day and decided to participate with my son. I am impressed by the way the event is being organised," he said.
Appreciating the concept, 45-year-old Kirandeep said the event has been successful in spreading the message to be safe on road and stay healthy.
"With the incredible rise in number of vehicles on roads, there is hardly any space left for cycling and other activities. This event provides people an opportunity to ride cycles without fear," he added.