Covid pandemic has pushed people to the edge and many societies around the world have seen a sudden jump in the use of cycles as a safe mode of transport in the urban areas. This is because use of public transport systems, like bus, metro, train, taxi etc. may cause the spread of the virus while cycling is allowing safe distances.
But, it is essential to have safe cycling paths for commuters in city limits and sufficient planning is required to ensure such an infrastructure. We could do this in Kochi city limits with smaller interconnected roads earmarked as cycle paths without much investments. The rally being organised on Saturday, 5 June will enable cycle users to suggest roads that are to be converted as cycle paths. Such a people's movement will help to create a Master Plan and the same can be finalised to implement by the administration.
This is a voluntary, not for profit project initiative run without raising any sponsorships nor registration fee.
Safe cycle paths in the city are essential to attract more daily commuters to use cycling as a mode of transport.
Existing smaller roads can be converted into cycling paths and a network of such paths crisscrossing the city has to be known to the general public.
All safety features, such as speed limit for other vehicles, fenced cycle paths, signages and proper signaling system at the junctions are to be implemented by the district authorities.
Cycle rally on Saturday 5 June and 14 subsequent Saturdays will enable participants to suggest practical solutions to establish a cycling path in the city. A Master plan with all the inputs will be submitted to the authorities to enable them to implement the project with least investment from the treasury
NSS units of different colleges
Fitness Centres and other organisations
Starting points, Aluva, Kakkanad / InfoPark, Chittoor, Cheranalloor, Fortcochin, Thevara, Vytila, Thripunithura
Target destination Kaloor JN Stadium.
The event will follow strict Covid protocols. If travel restrictions are in place, the event may be postponed to next Saturday.