Bhubaneswar: To promote cycling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) in association with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today launched Cycles4Change campaign.
As part of the campaign, a cycle rally ‘Cyclegiri – Respect4Cyclists’ was organised here early this morning. Around 200 people participated in the rally that started from Sishu Bhavan Square and culminated at Dhauli covering around 12 km.
The Cyclegiri was flagged off by BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary. An anthem for the rally was also launched on the occasion.
The campaign aims at making Bhubaneswar as one of the most prominent bicycle-friendly cities of India by encouraging the citizens to cycle– be it to their workplace or for rejuvenation purposes, and promote the culture of cycling in the city. Through the initiative, the city administration connects with citizens, cycle enthusiasts as well as experts to develop a unified vision and initiatives to promote cycling as a mode of transport in their daily life.
It is pertinent to mention here that Bhubaneswar is one of the 95 cities to have registered for the India Cycles4Change Challenge, an initiative of Smart Cities Mission of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry.
On the occasion, the BMC Commissioner said through this challenge, the registered cities will implement quick interventions to create a safe and cycling-friendly city through community participation.
“We are working on creating small cycle paths or loops in residential areas to help the citizens in doing their daily activities like going to market and office on cycles. We are also working on some aspects to ensure that cyclists get respect and acknowledgement from society. Truck, bus and car drivers will take a pledge on how to let a cyclist feel safe on roads when they former appear for the driving license test.” he said.
The campaign which will continue till December 14 includes a host of activities – both online and on ground.