The Cycle Day campaign
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Thanks to the efforts of DULT, CiSTUP, RACF, enthusiasts like Das, few Praja RAAG guys (Sri, Sathya), and the enthusiastic cycling groups like Bangalore Bikers Club, Critical Mass and more, there seems to be a buzz about cycling in the city! Lot many more Bengalureans could cycle though. We have had several discussions here, and in other communities on what keeps more people from cycling, and the perceptions that need to be overcome to increase usage of cycling as a a mode of first/last mile connect, or just for leisure or exercise.
This is a campaign to build on the cycling buzz and go beyond the enthusiasts and enablers. Lets get as many Bengalureans to cycle as possible. Let more and more of us be visible with our cycles so that planners take note, reach of public transportation gets extended, a green mode of transportation gets better adoption and we all get healthier.
Campaign kicks off with a monthly event called "Feel Bengaluru Cycle Day". After we manage to get the first event started, the plan is to spread the campaign by adding an "Office Cycle Day", a "School Cycle Day", and more events based on more ideas that will emerge once we all join hands around this campaign.
The thought behind this specific campaign/project was seeded during this year's mobilicity event @ CiSTUP by DULT comsr V Manjula, Das and Srinidhi. Cycle Day as concept was discussed back in 2011 (minister Suresh Kumar) when the buzz originally started with work on cycle lanes in some localities of the city.
Join this project if you want to help organize the event(s), or cover the event(s) for the benefit of other readers, or have research ideas or tangible suggestions on planning more events under the campaign.
Lets get going then, with "Feel Bengaluru Cycle Day", kicking off on Oct 27 2013, and then, last Sunday of every month.
[Project created on behalf of Das, Rajesh/Zubin, Anil (Bangalore Bikers Club), many unnamed enthusiasts from Critical Mass Bangalore, and few Praja RAAG guys (Srinidhi, IDS, dvsquare, Neha, Ravi_d, deepakar, silkboard).]
There is a frequent question on how to take cycles on KSRTC bus. Ofcourse it is quite a task to carry cycles on express and other service bus because they need to be loaded onto the roof of the bus.
However its a breeze to put cycles into volvo bus. But a frequent question is what is the cost of transportation. Some conductors play traunt, charging bribe etc
Lets Burn Fat - Not Oil, Pedal to Work has been planned on 28th to encourage people to take cycle to work.
Cycle on rent for one day also provided those who wants to experience the cycling.
Workshop at 4:15PM BEL Officers Club, Jalahalli and Myank is joining on this.
Ever wonder what aspect of Cycle Day got most attention and interest around? It was the news about BMTC trying an experiment of allowing people to carry their cycles on the Bus. Since Volvo or similar low floor buses are the only ones where it is possible to carry cycles along without causing inconvenience to other commuters, this experiment is limited to those types of buses.
Bengaluru Cycle Day went off very well with more than 1100 people attending it. The sea of cyclists coming out to enjoy their ride & make it a habit is heartwarming & proves once & for all that Bengaluru is the cycling capital of India.
As the title goes, the first edition of the Bengaluru Cycle Day ended with an awesome note.. the press has given it good attention but most important the general public made it a grand success!
The Feel Bengaluru Cycle Day is well and truly underway now. On Sunday morning, folks from Praja and DULT, and several cycling enthusiasts met at Cubbon park to plan the event. The details of the event day are starting to fall in place. See our previous post for event day itinerary.
Some news on activities planned on the first CycleDay event. Following is a quick summary from the meeting held on 1/Oct to discuss potential options:
1. Inauguration by the Mayor - via a ceremonial cycle ride.
2. A heritage cycle ride around Cubbon park area. Critical Mass happens on the same day. Work with them to explore combining the two somehow.
The Cycle Day campaign kicks off on Sunday, Oct 27, with its first monthly event, "Feel Bangalore Cycle Day".
More details to follow (this event most will be edited with more specifics), here is the high level plan, a simple call:
We are kicking off the campaign via a monthly event called "Feel Bengaluru Cycle Day". Its a simple call for everyone to just take their cycles out, 'feel' the city early in the morning by cyling through fresh air and empty roads on a Sunday morning to Cubbon Park,