Mumbai on two wheels: Cycling trips are Bandra’s newest trend
Mumbai city news: Several Mumbai residents prefer spending their weekends outdoors, cycling to discover the citymumbai Updated: Jul 15, 2017 11:02 IST
Jaydeep Panchal, a Khar resident, likes to explore Mumbai on his bicycle. “I can take as many breaks as I like, and take in this city’s beauty,” he said.
Panchal is one of several Mumbai residents who prefer to spend their weekends outdoors, cycling to discover the city. “Going on cycling trips is a healthy option. It helps to know your city better and make new friends,” said Ritika Saraf, the founder of Some Place Else, a Powai-based firm that organises such activities. The group is organising a cycle ride from Bandra to Silver Beach in Juhu on July 23.
But, is it always a smooth a trip for these riders in a busy, crowded city?
“Mumbai is a crowded city, so we can cycle safely only late at night or early in the morning,” said Pranav Saraf, a businessman. Shiraz Penangwala, a model from Bandra, who has been on cycling expeditions to 15 other countries, rides a mountain bike on the city’s streets. “In Spain, there are designated lanes for cyclists that are as broad as the vehicle lane. They also have gardens and parks for bicycle riders. I wish we such facilities come up in Mumbai soon,” he said.
Many of them cycle to feel one with nature, so the monsoon rides are not inconvenience, but an experience they said. “As kids, we would play and cycle in the rain. These trips take us back to our childhood,” said Pranav.
Are the late-night rides safe for women? Many organisers said there has been an increase in the number of women signing up for rides, as they feel secure in a group. “When you are in a group, you are responsible the team,” said Pranav.