celebrating the humblest mode of commute, bicycle, on the world bicycle day 2020
Regular physical activity of moderate intensity – such as walking, cycling, or doing sports – has significant benefits for health. At all ages, the benefits of being physically active outweigh potential harm, for example through accidents. Some physical activity is better than none. By becoming more active throughout the day in relatively simple ways, people can quite easily achieve the recommended activity levels. Let us on World Bicycle Day Celebrate Cycling and the positive impact it can create for citizens & cities.
On Covid19 pandemic and Cycle, WHO stated “While cities around the world are introducing a broad range of measures to limit physical contacts to prevent and slow down the COVID-19 pandemic, many people might still have a need to move around cities to reach their workplaces when possible, meet essential daily needs or provide assistance to vulnerable people
“Whenever feasible, consider riding bicycles or walking: this provides physical distancing while helping to meet the minimum requirement for daily physical activity, which may be more difficult due to increased teleworking, and limited access to sport and other recreational activities’’.
Mann Ki Baat Tweets PM Modi on Cycle on World Bicycle Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received an unusual gift — a bicycle — from his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Year 2017 . The old picture shared by Mann ki Baat on its twitter account shows him sitting and smiling on the Dutch-made bicycle which was gifted.
Cycle is simple, affordable and environment-friendly:Vice President of India – M. Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India in cycling has stated in an earlier interview on cycling stated that The time has come for cities and other urban places to promote bicycling in a big way. Dedicated bicycling tracks should be created in our cities and people should be encouraged to pedal their way to better health.
Bicycling will greatly help in reducing adverse health outcomes. Apart from burning calories, strengthening muscles and promoting fitness, daily bicycling will reduce the risk of heart diseases and cancer.
Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes : Government of Arunachal Pradesh
Make Cycling a Fashion: Mansukh Mandaviya, Central Minister, Government of India
Mansukh Mandaviya, is the Union Minister of State for Shipping and Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers. He is die hard cycling advocate and makes it a point to cycle to Parliament whenever the session is on.
Smart & Convenient Solution: Niti Ayog
Niti Ayog in its report “Moving Forward Together” emphasised on cycling. The report stated that “Many companies, in partnerships with cities, are providing bikes/cycles for public use. There are several forms of bike/cycle sharing—docked, dockless, and peer-to-peer. In docked systems, users can pay to obtain and return bikes at docking stations throughout the service area.
Developing the culture of cycling: Ashok Gehlot, CM of Rajasthan
Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Chief Minister, says “If we develop the culture of cycling, it would be good for health & also the climate.”
Bicycle Empowers: Mamta Banerjee, Bengal CM
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee share photo of young girls beaming with happiness on a bicycle and highlighted the fact that cycle distribution to boys and girls have reduced the drop-out rates.
Make Cycle Part of LifeStyle: Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State, Govt of India
Let’s cycle our memories n make bicycles more a part of our lifestyle- Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State in the Government of India for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Cycling is a stress-buster: Dipanshu Kabra, IPS
Dipanshu Kabra, IG, Bilaspur, a strong advocate of cycling, states that Pedaling is a great way leading towards a healthier & greener tomorrow.
Cycling for staying Healthy & Sustainable Mode : UNEP
Make Cycling Safe as Well as Healthy : WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released technical guidance on moving around during the Covid-19 outbreak, advocating cycling and walking to limit physical contact to prevent and slow down the pandemic.
Cycling is Love as They Say.
India needs robust policy and promotion of cycle & cycling culture in cities. Cycling needs to be seen as a viable & safe option for commute in our cities