Starting this Sunday, a cycling event will keep one side of a Gurgaon street free of traffic for six hours every week. The street event — Cyclovia — is a joint initiative by the Gurgaon administration, police and residents, who aim to promote use of non-motorised public transport (NMT).
Shekhar Vidyarthi, Deputy Commissioner (Gurgaon), said: “Raah-giri — the Gurgaon Cyclovia will be a weekly street event which will begin from November 17. Every Sunday till March, one street in Gurgaon will be set aside for residents to participate in recreational activities such as cycling, skating and walking. Each month, a new street would be selected for the event. The stretch between Sushant Lok-I and DLF Phase 4 has been earmarked for November.”
The street festival, according to the administration, is inspired by an event called ‘Ciclovia’ which started in 1976 in Bogota, Columbia, where streets are opened exclusively for runners, cyclists, skaters and other fitness routines.
Gurgaon Police Commissioner Alok Mittal said: “The streets identified for Raah-giri will be cordoned off for non-motorised transport users. Arrangements will be made for traffic diversions. The event will take place between 6 am and noon. The idea is to send a message across to citizens to reduce use of cars. Gurgaon is growing as a city, the widening and increasing the length of roads cannot match the increasing numbers of vehicles.”
“We urge people to walk and cycle instead of using cars. It is one of the solutions to increasing traffic woes. Other developing countries also organise these events and eventually lead to more number of cycle tracks being added to the city. Besides, the recreational activities will also promote a healthy lifestyle,” Mittal said.
Students of Heritage School presented a report on the state of Gurgaon roads to the administration. Kaye Jacob, principal of Heritage School, said: “NMT groups guided them in the study and the report was well-received by the administration.”