Raahgiri day celebrated its second anniversary on Sunday with thousands participating in the events organised on the occasion.
The Raahgiri day included a host of fun and health activities organised at the 4.5-kilometre stretch. The event is now being held at 36 different locations across the country in different names. According to road safety experts, Raahgiri has created a revolution in spreading awareness about the need for non- motorised transport .
“Until two years ago, nobody knew or spoke about the increasing need for sustainable transport. Raahgiri created the buzz for developing such infrastructure for modern urban spaces,” Sarika Panda Bhatt, trustee of Raahgiri Foundation, said.
“The success of Raahgiri is that administrators across the country are now discussing improvement in non-motorised and public transport. Discussions are being held to develop infrastructure for more sustainable transport options,” she added.
Several events such as vinyasa yoga, zumba, dance performances, sports and fitness exercises and other activities were organised on Sunday. Street plays and quiz competitions on various themes were also organised.
The Gurgaon police also extended their support as the police band from Madhuban entertained the crowd.
Apart from children, who had come out in huge numbers, the day also witnessed many senior citizens joining them. Yoga, zumba and aerobics sessions performed under professional guidance attracted a major chunk of young fitness enthusiasts, with crowds performing to the beats of popular music.
One of the residents, Safal Singh, who has been visiting Raahgiri since it started a year ago, said that the street festival has been a special hit among children with the variety of events organised.
“I have been coming here almost every Sunday as I get to spend quality time with my children. My wife also enjoys it as the outdoor activities offered here are healthy and fun,” he added.
Meanwhile, other experts said that while Raahgiri has shown that residents were willing to change and adopt sustainable transport, the administration now needed to provide infrastructure according to the demand.
“The civic bodies have to pull up their socks and provide adequate infrastructure such as a good and extensive network of public transport, good footpaths and cycling tracks. The city is ready to cycle but they have to feel safe doing it,” said Navdeep Asija, a road safety expert.