‘Cycling’ – The New Buzz in Bangalore!

‘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.

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A file photo of Cycle Day at Rajaji Nagar in December

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.

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About Bangalore Cycle Day

Welcome to the official Facebook page for Bengaluru's "Cycle Day" campaign. Cycle Day is anchored by the Bangalore Coalition for Open Streets (BCOS) - a non-profit collective comprising of the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Praja RAAG, EMBARQ India, ESAF and individual citizens. Our mission is to transform Bangalore through cycling and open streets, creating active communities, connected citizens and happy neighbourhoods. More and more people are beginning to adopt cycling as a healthy, green, economical and fun alternative to driving. In a city like Bengaluru, a cycle sometimes offers a faster commute than motorized transport! There are few better ways to get to know this city than by cycling through its landscape, drinking in its myriad sights and sounds. The year-round brilliant weather makes the experience that much sweeter. On the last Sunday of every month, get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air, scenery, and the sense of freedom and abandon that cycling is all about! Even if you haven't cycled in years, rediscover the joy of cycling this Cycle Day.
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