Jamshedpur, June 3: Cycling enthusiasts celebrated World Bicycle Day on Wednesday by promoting cycling as the best means of transport, which is affordable and environment friendly too.
Under the banner of Young Indians (Yi) city chapter, bicycle lovers celebrated the day by cycling at their own space virtually.
“The idea is to make people continue with cycling, together to have a united feeling. It’s a platform where one can showcase there bubbling spirit to cycle which was left back in this lockdown,” said Udit Agarwal, a cycle enthusiast.
He said: “The participants had to install the Strava app or any other app in their phone with a GPS connection. They had to cycle between 5.00 am-9.00 Am morning or evening 5.00 pm to 9.00 Pm at their own space. We had requested them to follow the guidelines and rules made by the authority in their area. For those who can’t cycle out were asked to do cycling inside their homes, areas which are open for cycling can do it there. Also, there were categories under which one has to cycle: 5km, 10km ,15km, 20 km and 25km”.
Vibhuti Adesara, a fitness freak said with growing passion about fitness in the Steel City, cycling has brought together the young and old to pedal long and wide across the city. Children and grown-ups pedalling through tree-lined streets of Jamshedpur are a common sight these days.
“We wanted to remind people and raise awareness about the perks of cycling in their weekly schedule. Not only does it keep you fit physically it also rejuvenates and keeps you agile mentally. On the other hand we spread the message on to save water and reduce pollution,” said a young participant.
The people were also excited to interact with cyclists as they spoke about their responsibilities in protecting the environment and maintaining green protocol.
Under the banner of SIGMA (Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance) a committee at XLRI, students also have a Campus Cycle Project. Started with a pilot run of 36 cycles to commute between the old and the new campus, the team has now 76 active members.
A student of XLRI said that riding a bicycle strengthens mainly the leg muscles but also has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It is the best form of fitness. Cycling not only helps maintain fitness but is a great way to experience nature.