World Bicycle Day: Commute by bicycle, pedal your way to good health
Residents will cycle from Seawoods to Mumbai’s BKC on Sundaymumbai Updated: Jun 02, 2018 01:12 IST
To mark International World Bicycle Day on June 3, around 21 cyclists from the city will pedal their way to Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) from Seawoods. The ride will begin from Everest Cycling Culture, Seawoods, Sector 44A at 5.15am.
The 21 riders, who are part of Everest Cycling Culture (ECC) will ride at a medium pace as they aim to spread the message of riding a cycle in one’s day-to-day life.
Abdul Rab Kazi, founder of ECC said, “Cyclists from the city have always been interested in accepting eco-friendly ideas. There are many, who commute by cycle everyday. Around 55 professionals cycle to work everyday.”
He said that the purpose of this event is to encourage non-cyclists to use the bicycle. “They can initially cycle to work and later make it a way of life and use it even while going to buy groceries from the store,” Kazi said.
The riders will take short breaks between their tour and speak to motorists inorder to encourage them to protect the environment and lead a healthy life.
Abhijit Agarwal, 26, cycles to work everyday between Ghansoli and Airoli. “I have been cycling since the last eight months and it has been a wonderful experience. As I get more comfortable with the pedal, I am planning to use the cycle more often.”
In the last few years, cycling has become a trend and has changed the way youngsters see it.
Corporates, too, are promoting this culture among professionals and encouraging them cycle more often. It is not only fun, but also a responsible way of acting towards the environment.
A Nerul-based cyclist Siddhesh Jadhav, 45, said, “I started cycling for fun, but it has now become my passion. I did extensive research before buying a cycle. I also conduct rides for children as it is the most efficient way of travelling.”
Sudhanshu Doke, 45, another cyclist participating in the event said that they are cycling to BKC to draw the common man’s attention to a popular commuting option.
High-end bikes, foldable ones and custom-designed ones has made cycling easy. The stylish gears have added a glam quotient to it. Hence, more people are coming forward take up cycling.
Everest Cycling Culture (ECC), an open cycling group, conducts 20-km rides on Palm Beach Road on weekdays, 50-60-km rides on on Saturdays, and 100-km rides on Sundays. During these trips, the cyclists visit dams, lakes, food joints and other scenic spots in the city.
The cyclist group serves to boos the confidence of regular riders, and encourages them to challenge themselves by riding longer distances, on highways, or in the rain.
ECC aims to get more people to ride bicycles, and to help them ride correct, regularly and safely.
It seeks to encourage people to adopt cycling as a mode of daily commute for students as well as professionals.
Requirements for the event:
Place: Meet at Everest Cycling Culture, Seawoods, Sector 44A
Front and rear lights
Cash and Identity Card
For a safe ride:
*Always Wear a helmet
*One should have front and rear lights, not just reflectors
*Keep your rear light on during the day
*At night, keep both the rear and front lights on
*Always give a hand signal
*When riding with a group, follow a single trail
*Keep a cycle distance between two riders so you don’t push into or overlap if the front one hits the brakes
Neon Cycling Festival 2018
When: June 2, Saturday at 08:00 pm
Where: Decathlon Sports India, Big Shopping Centre, Ghodbunder Road, Kasarvadawali
Thane Cyclists Association
When: June 3, Sunday, at 7am
Where: Ride begins at Upvan to Ghodbunder fort
First Published: Jun 02, 2018 00:56 IST