After organising two cyclothons in the past four months, the city’s cycling warriors have not lost their enthusiasm. The organisers of last month’s India Cyclothon, Sport 18, celebrated a symbolic Cycle to Work Day on Friday morning, bringing nearly 230 cyclists out on the streets to ride their way into spreading awareness about the cause of regular cycling.
Unsatisfied with the mandatory single round of the area, several riders took off for second and third rides.
The riders were divided between two venues — Nariman Point and Bandra Kurla Complex — where they rode around the open stretches to promote cycling to work.
“We noticed that after the cyclothon season, people around the country lose their spirit about getting on to their cycles regularly. Events such as
these keep the pace going,” said Isaac John, marketing head of Sport 18, which hosted Cycle to Work Day in Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune.
Most of the participants were professionals working in and around the two venues. At each place, the organisers had provided at least 40 cycles, without a fee, to rotate among those without bikes.
“I cycle to work almost daily, and participated because of my commitment to the cause,” said Vipin Naik, a marketing professional who enjoys his morning route from his Vakola home to his office in BKC, because it runs through a green stretch in Mumbai University.
“If people don’t start taking up riding on a regular basis, we will soon have no control over the traffic and pollution in our cities,” added Naik.
Avid cyclist Vanessa Caesar, who cycles 19km from Andheri to her financial firm in Prabhadevi regularly, believes just one symbolic event is not enough.
“If we have a Cycle to Work Day every month, people will soon realise its benefits,” said Caesar.
Sport 18 plans to organise more such events in the city after the monsoon.