Apart from cycling for good health, you will now be able to pedal in the city for a good cause as well, as the Capital is ready to have a Yamuna Cyclothon for the first time. This cyclothon is being organised to raise awareness about the pathetic state of the Yamuna river and the need to revive it to its past glory. At the event, the participants will cycle on their bicycles along the length of the Yamuna and show their support towards saving it. The event is open for all.
“We started as a ‘We for Yamuna’ campaign in 2000, and since then, we have been working towards environmental issues,” says Vanessa Spencer, Senior Programme and Communications Coordinator, Swechha - We for Change Foundation that is organising this event.
“This year, we decided to organise a cyclothon that would, in a unique and memorable way, sensitise youth and the public in general to environmental issues,” says Spencer. “A total of 22 kilometres will be covered in this cyclothon, though people can come back after the first lap. The first lap ends at the Loha Pul, which is also the first pit stop. We want people to come and see the Yamuna at least till that point to get a look at its condition,” adds Spencer.
There is no age limit to participate in this event, but an adult must accompany children below 15 years of age, or, those children must carry written parental permission. Participants are supposed to bring their own bicycles, helmets and other essentials. Those who wish to participate can register at www.swechha.in.
Catch it here
What: Yamuna Cyclothon
Where: St. Stephen’s College, University Enclave
When: January 22
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwa Vidyalaya on the Yellow Line