Golfer Jyoti Randhawa, who lives in Gurgaon, joined car-free day this Tuesday and urged people to use non-motorised vehicles and public transport.
Are you a cycling enthusiast?
I love cycling and do it whenever I get time. I commuted by cycle till I was in college but had to stop after that as roads became unsafe. I bought a cycle two years ago and started cycling regularly.
Is it safe to cycle in Gurgaon? If not, how do you manage to cycle regularly?
My son and I regularly cycle to the nearby market and shop for groceries. The roads are not very friendly or safe. To avoid traffic, I cycle to the market during the off-peak hours in the afternoon.
Why should people use cycles to commute?
It is a cleaner mode of transport and if more people cycle, we will have a much less polluted environment. I can feel the difference in the air when I play golf in India and in a European country.
What do you expect the police and administration to do for encouraging cycling in the city?
Awareness drives are important. Before developing infrastructure, there is need to aware people and get them to use cycles. The police are already over-burdened when it comes to traffic management and it is our duty to support them. It’s a two-way process between the citizens and the administration.