64-year-old Woman Gets Pedal Power
By Express News Service | Published: 27th January 2014 08:53 AM |
Sixty-four-year-old Vijayalakshmi Balasubramanian got to fulfil a long-cherished dream during the fourth Cycle Day organised in Jayanagar on Sunday.
Though she has never ridden a bicycle, it took a volunteer only an hour to help get this sexagenarian find her balance and pedal away. “For years, I was eager to learn how to cycle. When my daughter and son-in-law told me about Cycle Day, I came here to get started. I had butterflies in my stomach in the beginning, but it has been a thrilling experience,” a visibly excited Vijayalakshmi said.
Cycle Day, which has now become a monthly fixture on the city’s calendar, has helped revive Bangalore’s love for the outdoors. In its fourth edition, celebrations were stepped up a notch on Sunday with a cyclovia-like event, an initiative that saw 10th Main in Jayanagar being completely closed off to traffic.
On these open streets, close to 2,000 residents came together to cycle, race and play games. “The event was almost a carnival with games and fun sessions on cycling,” said Naina Jagtiani, who was at the event.
The first two Cycle Days were organised at Cubbon Park but the following editions were taken to neighbourhoods, beginning with Jayanagar. The aim of Cycle Day is to promote cycling for short-distance commutes.
“We expect the government to take the lead and start taking cycling seriously when planning streets and amenities,” said Pranav Jha of Praja RAAG and an event volunteer. “We plan to organise Cycle Day in different neighbourhoods so that more people can rediscover cycling and take it up as a regular activity,” he added.