Gurgaon school kids make their city cycle-friendly

Students of a prominent private school are on a mission to make the city cycle-friendly. HT reports.

gurgaon Updated: Apr 15, 2013 00:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Students of a prominent private school are on a mission to make the city cycle-friendly.

They have already submitted a 20-page report — prepared after a painstaking research — to the district administration on how to go about the project.

Class 7 students of Heritage Public School hit up on this idea during their annual ‘life skills’ project in the school.

“We began our project in October last year by teaching ourselves about the functioning of a bicycle. We soon realized that this can be an ideal means of transport provided there are facilities,” said Charvi Sharma, 12.

About 220 students took part in the research and collected information from various sources such as books, videos, official studies.

They interacted with experts and officials too.

“We had watched videos of cities such Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where cycling is the main mode of transport,” recalled Anoushka De, 12.

The whole class was divided into five groups, which carried out an intensive survey by visiting five different locations in Gurgaon.

They interviewed residents, cycle users and understood their problems. Later, they compiled all the information and prepared the report.

“We had interviewed 803 people to get a fair idea on the status of this mode of transport in Gurgaon,” added Sharma.

In the survey, we found that more women use bicycles than men.

According to the report, the major reasons for the low use of bicycles in Gurgaon are safety and security issues, lack of facilities and poor condition of roads.

First Published: Apr 15, 2013 00:56 IST