New Delhi: In view of COVID 19 pandemic, to promote the cycling in New Delhi, the Chairperson, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Shri Dharmendra has flagged off a cycle ride tour on the occasion of launching of ‘NDMC Cycle4Change’ – a project to promote cycling on a dedicated 6 km pilot corridor from Bikaner House-near India Gate, New Delhi today.
After flagging off the cycle ride tour, the Chairperson-NDMC, Shri Dharmendra said that at the time when the physical and sports activities have been drastically curtailed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, NDMC has initiated a move toward normalcy and road safety by organizing pilot cycle rides in New Delhi area. He further informed that to elevate the safety, convenience and experience of cyclists, NDMC has dedicated this pilot corridor of 6 km for unique cycling experience around the playful recreational space surrounded by gorgeous wall paintings.
The cycle rides tour will continue till October 10th, 2020 (Saturday), three hours in the morning between 6.00 am to 9.00 am and two hours in the evening from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm every day in the dedicated pilot corridor from Bikaner House (India Gate) to Humayun Road, Amrita Shergil Marg, Lodhi Garden Gate No.6, Lodhi Garden Gate No.11, Avenue Road-II, Lodhi Colony Block-17, Lodhi Colony Cycle Plaza and Jor Bagh Metro Station.
E-Bike, Scooters and Motorcycles are not allowed on cycle tracks. To ensure safety of the participants especially for women and children, NDMC has deployed Marshals during the specified timings.
The Secretary-NDMC, Shri Amit Singla invited citizens to take part in the cycle ride and bring their own cycle or they can hire on rent the smart bike from the Smart Bike Stations in New Delhi area. Smart Bikes are already available in public bike sharing systems at 50 Smart Stations.
Secretary, NDMC also informed that the transformation of road stretches, intersections and roundabout with temporary / permanent marking of cycle track have improved the cycling infrastructure to encourage people to opt cycling for their day-to-day physical activities as well as transport means. Based on the success of this pilot project, many more corridors will be dedicated in other areas under jurisdiction of NDMC in the coming winter seasons, he added.
On the occasion, Chairman Secretary and Senior Officers of NDMC participated in a Cycle ride tour from Bikaner House to Lodhi Garden along with other Cyclists who came from across the city. The Health Department of NDMC has also organized a ‘Swachhta Rally’ to spread the message for make and maintain neat, clean and green New Delhi.