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There is a new movement in Bangalore that is taking the city roads by storm - Bangalore Cycle Day.
Imagine a road, free of traffic that your kids can enjoy cycling on…
Picture a street without the screech of motor horns, but just the joyous screams of kids as they play all the street games you grew up playing…
Can you think of a day where instead of traffic fumes, your kids get to breathe and feel fresh air around them...
Cycle Day is just that.
Cycle Day, an initiative by the Karnataka government’s Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), is supported by multiple communities, city-level organisations, citizen volunteers and government organisations (Bangalore Traffic Police, BBMP). It is an attempt to increase awareness on the benefits of cycling for health and the environment. The objective is fairly simple – to promote cycling as a green mode of transport and get more people on their bicycles in order to reduce pollution and traffic in the city.
Thus, on Cycle Day cyclists can carry their bicycles on board any BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) Volvo bus – no charge over the cost of a regular ticket. This is for a period of 3 hours between 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.
A bike route is prepared, and arrangements are made to block out motorised traffic in the area for the duration of the event. For those who don't own bikes, there are about 250 bikes that can be rented for free, by just handing over their id cards as collateral. After the main ride of around 30 minutes, there are street events for everyone to join in. Since the roads are pretty much free, grids for various traditional and modern board games are chalked right on the roads. You can sit and enjoy a nice game of chess, snakes and ladders, and various other traditional games.
In a city, where free space is a luxury and outdoor games are slowly dying out, Cycle Day is the one day of the month, when we can reclaim the roads of Bangalore.
Cycle Day is held on various Sunday mornings at different venues across Bangalore such as Yehalanaka, HSR layout and Indiranagar. To know more about the upcoming dates for this event, visit their Facebook page.