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Pedalling for space and respect

entertainment Updated: Feb 29, 2012 02:16 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
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Ten cycling groups from the city pedal their way to a ‘Critical Mass’ every month and create awareness for road pedallers. “Critical Mass is an international concept to create awareness and space for the cyclists on the road. Since the number of cyclists has grown tremendously in the city during the last year, we wish that the car and heavy vehicle drivers on the road treat them with more respect,” says Chiro Mitra, organiser of T3, a cycling group from Gurgaon.

More than 100 cyclists collected at India Gate to participate in the Critical Mass, last Sunday. “We want to tell people that cycling is cool and eco-friendly,” says Preet Chhatwal, who started Delhi Pedallers, a cycling group in West Delhi, three months ago. “It’s high time the government created separate tracks for the cyclists,” says Gaurav Wadhwa from Delhi Cyclists Group.

Sunday fun
Contrary to the international trend of meeting on Fridays, the cycling groups in Delhi meet on Sunday for the Critical Mass. Beginning at India Gate, they cycle for 15 kilometer and end at a tea stall in Khan Market. “It’s also a great way to bond with friends and meet new people,” says Vamini Sethi, a lady cyclist who joined the mass. The organisers also insist on proper riding gear such as helmet, LED safety lights, pedal shots, bright-coloured jackets, sports shoes, cycling sun shades and gel-padded hand gloves, etc, for people who want to join the mass.

Join the ride
What: Critical Mass for Cyclists
When: Last Sunday of the month
Timings: 8.30am-10.30 am
Beginning point: India Gate
End point: Tea Stall at Khan Market
Ride route distance: 15 km