• Let's make our Chennai cycling friendly:
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and liike in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the coronavirus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lockdowns, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still notafford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. India's Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our municipal corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make your city cycling friendly.
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  • Let's make our Navi Mumbai cycling friendly
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and liike in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the coronavirus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lockdowns, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still notafford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. India's Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our municipal corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make your city cycling friendly.
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  • Let's make JAIPUR Cycling Friendly City
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the coronavirus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lockdowns, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still not afford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. India's Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our municipal corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make JAIPUR the most cycling friendly city of India. Pooja Vijay Bicycle Mayor of Jaipur Co-Founder- The Green Lane Foundation Founder- Pink Pedals
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  • Let's make Ranchi cycling friendly
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and liike in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the coronavirus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lockdowns, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still notafford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. India's Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our municipal corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make Ranchi cycling friendly. Kanishka Poddar Bicycle Mayor of Ranchi
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  • Let's make Dindigul cycling friendly
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and liike in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the coronavirus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lockdowns, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still notafford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. India's Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our municipal corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make your city cycling friendly.
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  • To make Agartala the most cycling friendly city in India
    Why is this important? The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the corona virus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lock-downs, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still not afford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our local civil administration like Municipal Corporation, Agartala Urban Development Corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make your city cycling friendly.
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  • Let's make Pune city cycling friendly
    Pune city has a huge traffic problem. And as the government bodies try to build more and more roads for that traffic, we see an influx of more vehicles registered every year. Pune is called Oxford of East for its academic excellence. It’s also India’s second largest IT hub. While both these things were inspired by their western counterparts mainly in the USA, they failed to focus on the commute of students and employees. Almost every university and large IT parks in the USA offer cycling-friendly campuses as well as pop bicycle lanes on major roads in respective cities. Sadly Pune’s colleges and offices have failed to do this on a large scale. It is very important that companies, especially IT parks and government offices and colleges around which traffic is the maximum - should offer their employees alternate ways to commute. Luckily Pune’s cycling community is growing fast. Thanks to the first municipal cycle department in India, Pune has seen a good growth in cyclists. But many of these cyclists use cycles for recreational/exercise purposes. Thanks to the accessible cycling department many parts of Pune got dedicated cycling lanes and stands.[1] There has however barely been a rise in cycling being looked at as a commuting option. the cycle to commute revolution in Pune can be achieved with the following Notification for bicycle friendly workplaces in Private and Government offices and colleges in PMC and PCMC areas. This should include provision of Changing rooms, Shower facilities, Cycle Stands Pop up lanes on major roads near IT parks and colleges Many colleges and IT parks have large campuses which attract a large number of students and employees. Pop lanes around campuses can ensure more use of Public Bicycle Sharing systems by students and employees in these areas. Dear Punekar, Pune city has already pioneered the concept of a true bicycle friendly city thanks to citizen participation and PMC’s efforts. We have a chance to take it a step further by making it a city that Cycles to work”. [1] https://www.pmc.gov.in/en/cycle
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  • 33,000 trees: Stop the PRR project
    33,838 trees, 25 acres of forest land and 6 water bodies are under threat due to the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project in Bengaluru. The Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) has been arguing that only 200 will be cut, using an erroneous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for four years now. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) rejected the report based on the submission by the Horticulture and Forest Department that about 16,685 trees need to be felled. The BDA have now admitted that in fact over 33,000 trees will be felled for the project. The sheer number of trees and the environmental impact has been hidden by the BDA for the past few years -- this is unacceptable! Can we still call Bengaluru a Garden City? Let’s fight for what’s left of it. Source: https://www.deccanherald.com/city/top-bengaluru-stories/bengaluru-not-200-over-33000-trees-to-go-for-peripheral-ring-road-865300.html
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  • Let's make Guwahati the most cycling friendly city in India
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the corona virus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lock-downs, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still not afford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our local civil administration like Municipal Corporation, Guwahati Metropolitan Development Corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make your city cycling friendly.
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  • Cities in Maharashtra need 'Lakh ko 50' buses, NOW!
    We need more buses for our city! We are college students, office goers, factory workers, domestic helps, service providers, school children, housewives, caregivers, . . . We rely on buses to get to work, school, office, factory. But the public bus system in our city is really bad. We are tired of waiting endlessly, traveling in a crowded uncomfortable bus, day in and day out. Some women think twice before accepting a job that’s far from home, worried about their safety in overcrowded buses. College girls feel the same. When we travel in buses we pollute less, occupy less road space and don’t add to the congestion on the roads. We deserve a reliable, affordable, safe and comfortable bus ride. Some of us travel using our own two-wheeler or car. We would like to, but we just can’t use the bus. It is not reliable, it takes too long, it’s too crowded and the routes are not convenient. There is no last-mile connectivity. Instead we end up spending a lot on our vehicles. Plus the stress of driving and the fear of being in an accident. I know it would be better for us and the city if we use a bus. We want a reliable, affordable, safe and comfortable bus service. Half the population of Maharashtra lives in cities. These are the cities that drive the economy of the state. We help to run this “economic engine”. But these cities are congested and polluted. One of the reasons is that we just don’t have good public transport - starting with the number of buses. They say a city should have at least 50 buses per lakh residents. “Lakh ko 50”. The sad situation in Maharashtra is shown in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE7-5w1nmTE Enough! We want you to strengthen public transport as a part of Mission Begin Again – make our bus commute comfortable, convenient, affordable and safe – help revive the economy and create healthy cities for healthy people. We the urban residents of Maharashtra demand that the State take responsibility and action · Make provision of bus service mandatory for cities · Announce a financial package to get enough buses running
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  • महाराष्ट्रातल्या शहरांना हव्यात "लाखामागे ५०" बसेस - तातडीने!
    आम्हांला आमच्या शहरात अजून भरपूर बसेस हव्या आहेत! आम्ही शालेय/महाविद्यालयीन विद्यार्थी, कार्यालयीन/औद्योगिक कर्मचारी, घरकाम करणारी/करणारा कर्मचारी, गृहिणी, वैद्यकीय सेवक, असे सामान्य नागरिक आहोत. आमच्यापैकी बहुतेकजण कार अथवा दुचाकीने प्रवास करत नाही. आम्ही आमच्या येण्या-जाण्यासाठी सार्वजनिक वाहतुकीवर अवलंबून आहोत. आमच्या शहरातली सार्वजनिक वाहतूक अत्यंत वाईट आहे. सार्वजनिक वाहतुकीची चांगली सोय नसल्याने कित्येकांना, विशेषत: महिलांना, घरापासून दूर असलेल्या ठिकाणी नोकरीचा विचार देखील करता येत नाही. बसची वाट पाहणे, अत्यंत वाईट अवस्थेतील बसमध्ये गर्दीतून प्रवास करणे ह्या सगळ्याचा आम्हांला अत्यंत उबग आला आहे. ह्या सगळ्यात स्त्रियांना होणारे त्रास तर वेगळेच! आम्ही शक्यतो खाजगी वाहन घेण्याचं टाळत आहोत. आम्हांला आमच्या शहराच्या वाहतूक कोंडीत आणि प्रदूषणात भर घालायची नाही. आम्ही बसने प्रवास करतो, तेव्हा आम्ही आमच्या शहराचं प्रदूषण आणि कोंडी कमी करायला हातभार लावतो, ह्याचा आम्हांला अभिमान आहे. पण त्याबदल्यात आम्हांला शहराकडून काय मिळतं, तर फक्त आणि फक्त त्रास! हो, आमच्यापैकी काहीजण कार / दुचाकीने प्रवास करतात; पण ते आम्हांला अजिबात आवडत नाही. वाहतूक कोंडीतून वाहन चालवताना येणारा ताण, अपघाताची भीती, वाहनावर करायला लागणारा खर्च हे सगळं आम्हांला नकोय. पण आमच्या शहरातली बस सेवा अत्यंत टुकार आहे. बस वेळेवर येत नाही, आलीच तर गर्दीमुळे चढता येत नाही, आलंच तर बस वाहतूक कोंडीत अडकते. तिच्या सीट फाटलेल्या असतात आणि छप्पर गळत असतं. हे काय आहे?? आम्हांला खाजगी वाहन वापरून आमच्या शहराच्या प्रदूषण आणि कोंडीत भर टाकायची अजिबात हौस नाही. आम्हांला विश्वासार्ह, परवडणारी, सुरक्षित आणि सुखकर बस सेवा मिळालीच पाहिजे. तो हक्क आहे आमचा! आपल्या राज्यातली अर्धीअधिक जनता शहरांमध्ये राहते. "शहरं आपल्या अर्थव्यवस्थेचा कणा आहेत" म्हणता आपण. आम्ही ह्या कण्याचाच भाग आहोत, आणि त्याचा अभिमान आहे आम्हांला. पण ही अशी सार्वजनिक बस असेल तर हा कणा कोंडीमुळे आणि प्रदूषणामुळे मोडेल लवकरच! आपल्या बस सेवा इतक्या वाईट का? त्याची सुरुवात बसेसच्या अपुर्‍या संख्येपासून होते. शहरांमध्ये एक लाख लोकसंख्येमागे किमान ५० बसेस असाव्यात असं तज्ज्ञ म्हणतात. "लाख को ५०"! पण आपल्या महाराष्ट्राची अवस्था आज अशी झाली आहे- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11q0q-gHr-8 हे आता बास झालं! "Mission Begin Again" सुरू झालंय. पण आम्ही सुखरूप कामावर जावं असं आपल्याला वाटत असेल, तर कोरोनाविरोधी लढ्याच्या ह्या टप्प्याचा भाग म्हणून आम्हांला भरपूर बसेस द्या. विश्वासार्ह, परवडणार्‍या, सुरक्षित आणि सुखकर. आम्ही कामावर सुखरूप आणि वेळेवर पोचलो, तरच आपली अर्थव्यवस्था लवकर पूर्ववत होईल; तसंच वाहतूक कोंडी आणि प्रदूषण कमी झालं तरच आपली शहरं निरोगी राहतील. म्हणून आम्ही, महाराष्ट्रातले शहरी रहिवासी, अशी मागणी करतो, की राज्य सरकारने खालील गोष्टींची जबाबदारी घ्यावी- १) शहरांनी कायमस्वरूपी उत्तम, दर्जेदार बस व्यवस्था पुरवली पाहिजे २) त्यासाठी आवश्यक तेवढ्या बसेस चालवण्यासाठी राज्य सरकारने एक आर्थिक पॅकेज जाहीर केलं पाहिजे.
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  • Two wheels for change: Join the cycling revolution
    What’s a convenient yet sustainable mode of transport that holds the potential to transform our mobility patterns in a post-Covid world? Just two wheels. If you saw more cyclists hitting the streets in the past few months than you have seen in the last few years, you wouldn’t be alone. With the dip in air pollution levels and fewer vehicles on the streets, the lockdown period gave us a peek of what our busy cities have the potential to look like with mindful planning and a responsible citizenry. The sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic had different motivations -- people trying to beat lockdown-induced cabin fever, sneak in some much needed exercise, or taking it for a spin to run short distance errands. That’s why, this August 15, we’re dreaming of a different kind of independence. From fuel. From toxic fumes-spouting vehicles that clog our streets, and our systems. And we’re not alone. Our Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry recently issued an advisory recommending pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Let’s face it -- our cities are not bicycle-friendly. The movement has begun, and we need millions of citizens to rally behind it. Join the campaign to make India cycle-friendly. Change begins with us. And don’t forget to show your support by getting out with your bike on August 15. Together we can!
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