Mangaluru, September 27, 2020: As many as 65 enthusiastic riders participated in the Cycles4Change Challenge on September 27, Sunday to create awareness on the proposed ’Dedicated cycling track’ in Mangaluru. The riders wholeheartedly pedalled the 10 km route and had a first-hand experience of the Mangaluru Smart City cycling route touching schools and colleges. Senior members of WE R CYCLING guided the younger bunch and kept them safe at all times while encouraging them to pedal on.
In the later phases, the cycling track will touch most of Mangalore’s schools and colleges, so that students can use the track safely and regularly to commute to their institutions. The cycling track, once completed, will also be open to use for all cyclists.
WERC members made sure the cycling group moved smoothly and safely by halting and manning traffic at every junction, while the motorists watched the sea of cyclists in awe.
At the start of the ride, Harniish Raj, the event coordinator and the representative of WERC for Mangaluru Smart city Cycles4Change Committee enlightened the novice riders on thumb rules of riding safely on public roads, and ensuring that masks were worn by all the participants as per government regulations for COVID-19 safety.
After the ride was complete a small session was conducted to share experiences of cyclists. Suggestions and recommendations were presented to the Mangaluru Smart City officials for deliberation and implementation to make Mangalore safe for cyclists.
The event ended with a nutritious breakfast arranged by Smart City Mangaluru for all the participants.
Besides the members of WE R CYCLING, Diwakar Pandeshwar, Mayor, Cycles4Change officials, Niren Jain, Architect & Environmental Planners consultant to MSCL for transforming Mangaluru to a Cycling Friendly City, Mohammed Nazir, MD of Mangaluru Smart City Ltd, Arun Rao, General Manager (Technical), Chandrakant, Nodal officer for India cycle’s 4change challenge, were present.