United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) launched a 'cycling club' that will promote cycling in Ludhiana. The initiative has been taken considering the decreasing trend of usage of cycle, especially among the elite class.
The cycling club is the brainchild of UCPMA president Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma and other members.“Though Ludhiana is the largest manufacturer of bicycles, very few bicycles can be seen on city roads. Even the manufacturers themselves don't ride them. The lavish lifestyle of people here has reduced the usage of cycle,” Vishivkarma said.He said, “Bicycle manufacturers should ride bicycles themselves in order to motivate people. During the past few years, the population of China using bicycle has increased to about 50%.
Even in Europe 25% people use bicycle as means of transportation. They use bicycle because it keeps them healthy and the environment clean.”UCPMA office bearer Pardeep Wadhwan, who recently visited Germany to attend Eurobike exhibition, said, “There were various high-end bicycles at the expo.
In India, bicycle is considered a low means of transportation, so I have decided to manufacture this type of cycles in India with the help of UCPMA members, so that people start taking interest in cycling in India as well.”
A meeting in this regard was also held at UCPMA office in which it was decided that in order to promote bicycles, UCPMA would organise a cycle rally on September 28.
“These days the situation of bicycle is such that there is no proper parking place in any public area or mall for bicycles. So, UCPMA will also take up this issue with the local authorities, and press the government to make proper parking space for the bicycles in public areas,” Vishivkarma said.