HSR Layout’s Commitment to Cycling: 101st Cycle Day in Bengaluru

Niveditha Ravikumar

You know it’s winter when the reluctance to get out of bed in the morning keeps ascending within. It feels good to snuggle deep into the bed covers on Sunday mornings but the residents of HSR Layout prove the opposite. Cycle Day has become a monthly event in the neighborhood for the past one year, since its inception in 2013.

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ACTIVE WINTER MORNINGS: Christmas winter break gets more children to cycle everyday. The event instills a sense of fitness into the minds of children.

The 101st Cycle Day organized at HSR Layout saw cycling enthusiasts not only from Sector 3, but also from other sectors of the neighborhood. HSR Cyclist Shashidhar said, “This is HSR Layout’s 16th Cycle Day (December 20, 2015) and the last one for the year 2015.” He also said that the neighborhood which has won NIP ‘citizens for the city’ contest will avail 20 cycle parking facilities across HSR Layout funded by United Technologies.

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EARLY MORNING CONVERSATIONS AND CYCLE RIDES: Residents belonging to the same locality get to meet during mornings to cherish their friendship by participating in activities together.

Other than cycle rides, activities like street games, group karate performances and garbage disposal lessons saw immense participation from children and adults.

A 55 year old resident said, “Cycle Days at HSR Layout usually see more number of adults than kids. We would like to inspire other neighborhoods as well.”

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EARLY TO RISE: Winter mornings don’t stop children from participating in Cycle Days. Groups of children aged between 6 and 13 impressed the onlookers with karate moves.

 

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THE AGED THE BETTER: HSR Layout’s consistent cycling enthusiasts, including Rao Ganesh of the Police Department.

The event anchored by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) is an initiative by the Bangalore Coalition for Open Spaces (BCOS). The event is partnered and organized by HSR Cyclists at HSR Layout, Government bodies like Bangalore Traffic Police, BBMP and other organizations.

As of today, Cycle Day has reached 17 neighborhoods in the city of Bengaluru. Initiatives like Cycle Day and Open Streets create awareness about the need to shift to Sustainable transport and also facilitate to bridge the gap between Government agencies and local communities to improve neighborhood infrastructure.

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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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