‘Cycling is a joy and faster than many other modes of transport, depending on the time of day. It clears the head.’ – David Byrne.
A Sunday well spent brings a week’s content. Sunday mornings in Bangalore are not anymore the same lazy ones. Many Bangalorians have taken up cycling for personal and social reasons. The gradual increase in the number of neighborhoods organizing Cycle Day is expected to pave way for a traffic-free Bangalore in the long run. Topping the list is Cubbon Park which witnesses Cycle Day presenting free cycle rentals from 6 am to 6 pm on every Sunday. Other active neighborhoods are Sanjay Nagar and HSR Layout which conduct Cycle Day on the first and third Sundays of every month respectively. The residents are attempting to make a difference by transforming their localities into motor-free zones for almost four hours in the mornings. A standard motor-free zone follows the concept of ‘Open Streets,’ permitting cycling and walking in the precinct.
Bangalore has already seen 104 Cycle Days till date across different neighborhoods. This huge success has been building up interest in the organizers to extend the event to every nook and corner of the city and also beyond Bangalore.
The Bangalore crowd now is gradually demanding a good cycling infrastructure which ensures safety and security for cyclists on the roads. This relates to sustainable way of living and could take Bangalore to next levels of cycling. Promoting cycling and the concept of ‘Open Streets’ shall ensure carbon free roads and make cycling infrastructure implementation a dream come true.