Mangaluru, May 06, 2019: With practical and true concern over the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on city roads , Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) Arun Chakravarthy said May 5, Sunday that cyclists and pedestrians continue to be neglected by motorists on city roads.
Speaking at the annual meeting of Mangalore Bicycle Club (MBC), IGP Chakravarthy said, “Pedestrians and cyclists continue to be neglected and discriminated against.
We have to literally pray for the safety of cyclists plying after 8 a.m. on the highways passing through the city, especially on the Surathkal stretch,” he said.
Lauding the initiatives taken up by the club to promote cycling in the city, IGP Chakravarthy asked the club members to hold programmes that will get more youngsters cycling. Stressing the need to promote cycling as a mode of transport, he pointed to the initiative on the Infosys campus in Mudipu where employees move in bicycles and buggies. He also referred to the concept of Bus Day initiated during his tenure by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
IGP Chakravarthy said cycling was a good sport and youth will not give it up once they get into it. Unlike in the past, everyone can now afford cycles now, he added.
Dijaraj president of the club, said MBC started with four members in 2011 and now has more than 100. Ganesh Nayak, a member of the executive committee of the club, said the club has continued to hold endurance rides and also rides of social concern. It is holding rides that bring cyclists close to nature and needs to be encouraged more seriously.