Rally organised promoting cycling among city
Chandigarh: To promote the culture of cycling in the city, Justice Hemant Gupta, Acting Chief Justice of the Patna High Court, on Sunday led a bicycle rally organised by the Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, from the Open Hand monument to the Sukhna Lake.
Prominent among those who participated in the rally included Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Birendra Chaudhary, former Senator of Punjabi University Vikas Chatrath, Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta, Eco-club members, students of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18-C, and St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh.
Addressing those present on the occasion, Justice Hemant Gupta said that cycling was the most energy efficient urban transport mode with a high potential to reduce energy consumption and to enhance the liveability of our cities. And in planned cities like Chandigarh, by propagating its health and environmental benefits, there was a lot of potentials to bring more and more people on bicycles in educational institutions, government offices and private enterprises.
“Now, it’s 16th year since we started promoting cycling in the city and it’s heartening to see more and more people realising the importance of using bicycles or walking for shorter distances,” shared Pramod Sharma from Yuvsatta, an NGO, who collaborated with the administration for organising the rally.
He added that promotion of cycling was a highly cost-effective transportation strategy and brought about large health, economic and social co-benefits, but the main barriers to implementing the same remained the perceived low status of non-motorised transport and the current focus on car-oriented planning.
Summing up the initiative, Birendra Chaudhary said that their department was regularly organising such bicycle rallys in partnerships with NGOs, schools and colleges in the city to promote green living and the idea of sustainable cities.