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The #Cycles4Change challenge that flags off from Dona Paula on October 2 aims to promote cycling in cities. NT BUZZ learns more

NT BUZZ

An initiative #Cycles4Change (#C4C) challenge by the Smart City Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Government of India intends to inspire Indian citizens to adopt cycling in their cities. The event will take place on October 2 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thereafter the challenge will be held every Sunday till October end.

The aim is to cover a 9.6-kilometre track starting from Dona Paula to Ribandar. There is no criterion to participate besides following basic COVID protocol such as maintaining physical distance.

The COVID-19 global health crisis has brought the movement of people to a standstill. The #Cycles4Change encourages cities to implement quick cycling-friendly interventions and incrementally advance towards concrete actions that will facilitate and promote cycling in cities.

#Cycles4Change challenge and Panaji

COVID-19 has disrupted life in Panaji. With increasing health concerns and restrictions on public transport and movement, reimagining mobility has become a key priority for cities. Compact in nature, Panaji has the scope to adopt cycling as a mode of travel; not just to adapt to a post-pandemic world but in the interest of moving towards a more sustainable way of living.

According to the organisers, the #Cycles4Change challenge will allow them to assess the level of interest in cycling in Panaji, and reevaluate its existing infrastructure to make it a cycling-friendly city. The advantages of moving towards a culture of cycling for a city like Panaji includes reducing its citizen’s dependency on cars, reducing our carbon emissions and promoting sustainable mobility.

Depending on the success received in October, it will be decided whether to carry the challenge forward.

(The #Cycles4Change challenge will be held on October 2, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Open to all. Details: https://reclaimtheroads.in/)