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The World is celebrating World Bicycle Day; Let’s cycle our way out from Pollution

Let’s initiate to travel more on cycle than pollution bound motor-vehicles

The World is celebrating World Bicycle Day and we are happy that UNGA (United Nation General Assembly) has declared a dedicated day to Bicycles. UNGC declared June 3 as the World Bicycle Day in April 2018. It is a day to celebrate the uniqueness, versatility and the longevity of the bicycle. They are simple, affordable, environment-friendly, health-friendly, and reliable.

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World Cycle Day is meant to be a holiday for everyone

It is a global holiday which is meant to be amused by everyone in the world despite the caste, religion, race, nationality, age, gender, ethnicity, and creed.  However, it is a holiday only on papers as we can’t see any holiday today in India. If you have your holiday today we are jealous of you.

It is sometimes associated with promoting a healthy lifestyle for people suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. In a country like India where it is a fight to reach office, school or college on time due to heavy traffic, the bicycle could be a game changer for us.

Riding a bicycle is not seen as a respectable medium of travel in our country.

Riding a bicycle is not seen as a respectable medium in our country. People associate this medium of travel mostly to those who cannot afford any other medium. We need to change the way we see things and bring the practice of bicycles to our lifestyle. Nobody degrades the Prime Minister of Netherland when he rides to the office on Bicycle. However, we will need infrastructure to ride bicycles as we don’t have dedicated cycle lanes all over the country. European countries like Copenhagen, Netherlands, Amsterdam use the cycle to ride to the office.

Read more: World Population Day: What does it mean to be an over populous country? 

There are about 1.09 crores registered vehicles in New Delhi according to the Delhi’s Economic survey 2018-19 report. There are about 70, 78, 428 two-wheelers, 32, 46, 637 cars and 1,13,074 numbered autorickshaws.  Just think, a city which is just 1,484 km² long has about 11 million vehicles. All these vehicles not only pollute the air but also increase traffic jams.

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