Gurgaon: Cyclists hit city roads for safety and more tracks
The participants demanded more cycling tracks and raised awareness on the need for ensuring the safety of pedestrians on Gurgaon’s roadsUpdated: May 02, 2017, 12:15 IST
More than 500 cyclists gathered at Sector 29 on Sunday in a bid to raise public awareness on the need to ensure safety and security of pedestrians and cyclists on roads.
The move to reclaim the roads, as the participants called it, is significant as the city lacks designated road space for cyclists and pedestrians. Though the city has, of late, made noticeable strides with regard to road infrastructure, cyclists and motorists have often lamented the lack of designated spaces for them.
Titled ‘Pedestrians and Cyclists First’, the event focussed on issues that cyclists and pedestrians face while crossing roads and also sought to draw attention to the need for building dedicated tracks for cyclists in the city.
“The primary objective behind holding this event was to draw attention to the fact that the roads and underpasses that are being across the city have not been planned in a manner as to afford a smooth passage for pedestrians and cyclists. It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to cross the city’s roads on foot owing to the sheer volume of traffic and a quantum leap in the public transportation system is the only way to rid the city of problems that the commuters, especially cyclists and pedestrians, face on a day-to-day basis,” said Manas Fuloria, CEO of Nagarro, a software development company and chairperson, NASSCOM, regional council, Haryana, who took part in the event.
The event was divided into three rides covering 55km, 18km and 4 km of road. The event got underway at 5.30am and cyclist groups, including Pedal Yatri, Delhi Elite Cyclists, Gurgaon Road Runners and Gurgaon Girl Riders, took part in it.
Kushal Arora, a member of Pedal Yatri group, said these events act as game changers and help people opt for the public transportation system. The participants urged residents to leave their cars home and opt for public transport or use non-motorised transport for their commute. They said the same would also go a long way in reducing pollution. The air pollution in the city has risen alarmingly over the last four months.
Gurgaon Police commissioner Sandeep Khairwar and DCP Traffic Balbir Singh also took part in the event.