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Watching the wheels

City professionals cycle to work and organise cycling tours of city.

entertainment Updated: Apr 16, 2011 15:10 IST
Nirmika Singh

Media professional Anil Uchil doesn’t have to worry about catching the train on time or missing his bus to work. That’s because every morning, he picks up his bicycle and pedals away to work. He has been commuting from his home in Andheri on the cycle ever since he can remember, covering the distance in 35 minutes as opposed to over an hour by cab. He, along with many similar enthusiasts, will be seen participating in a cyclothon being organised in the city on April 24.

“I cycle because I love to. I’m not a crusader or anything, but I find cycling so much more convenient. I believe that it’s humanly possible to cycle from Borivali to Churchgate and back everyday without hassles,” says Uchil, who has covered Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Tamil Nadu on his bicycle, and has also been organising cycle tours of the city.

Like Uchil, there are many others that are part of a growing green brigade in the city, who have given up swanky wheels for humbler ones with spokes.

Taking the long route
Take Saurabh Gupta, HR head, Café Coffee Day, who wakes up at 5.30 am everyday and covers a route of around 60 km, from Powai through South Mumbai to finally reach his workplace at Mulund. “I have been cycling to work for the past 6 years. Recently, I decided to take this longer route to get fit. Now my friends are interested to take it up,” he says.

IT professional Raksha Shetty too has been cycling to work every day since three years. Says the 28-year old who works for HCL, “I don’t have to beg the rickshawallas to take me. I might sweat it out on the cycle, but I carry a change of clothes. Also it keeps me fit.”