Cycling for a Green Environment

Environment

Cycling has regained popularity. With like-minded people preferring to use the bicycle in order to conserve natural resources, active campaigning for the usage of bicycles for a greener environment has taken on a fresh new look. Cycling clubs that rent out bicycles during holidays have sprouted across India. Corporates too have special incentives for those employees that cycle to work.

For those of you who are curious to know where these clubs exist, Sharad Jain, a 10-year-old says, "One such club is the Delhi Cycling Club which aims to promote regular bicycle rides, rallies and events in Delhi." In a bid to promote this eco-friendly mode of transport, the Delhi Cycling Club organized a 'Climate Bicycle Ride' in March 2010. The 11km ride attracted 100 participants from Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The club presently has 800 members of different age groups.

Such cycling clubs are formed by people who are interested in eco-conservation. They are promoted through web communities and word of mouth and membership to most clubs is free. Prabhakar Rao, Founder President of Go Green Go Cycling Club, Bengaluru writes on his website that, "The cycling movement was inspired by Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth.' I decided to give back to society what it had given me and started spreading the message of using a bicycle as an alternative option for travelling." Prabhakar also started cycling to office and encouraged children to ride their bicycle to school. His campaign of not using a car to travel short distances has even got national recognition.

Several cities, including New Delhi, have also started creating cycling zones. Recently, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) announced that it will construct Mumbaiís first bicycle track for which it has put aside Rs 150 crore. The track will be constructed on the internal roads of Bandra-Kurla Complex and will initially be 10 to 12kms long. Thane has also planned a similar track. Itís no wonder then that the eco-friendly two-wheeler has gained popularity among children and adults across all sections of society.

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