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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cycling Club organised a 11-km-long cycle rally dubbed “Climate Bicycle Ride” between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand on Sunday to raise awareness about climate change and to promote cycling as healthy and eco-friendly way of commuting between short distances.
The climate ride saw the participation of a large number of environment and health conscious people from different walks of life from Delhi and neighbourhood. Many IT professionals, engineers, architects, scientists, students, researchers, academicians, media, environmentalists and chartered accountants took part in the event.
A large pledge board was also installed at the venue to encourage participants and the public to sign a voluntary pledge to reduce carbon footprint in daily life.
Delhi Government's Additional Commissioner (Transport) K. Lalnghinglova flagged off the ride. The ride started from Ambedkar Nagar bus terminal and passed through Pushp Vihar, Chirag Delhi, Moolchand on the BRT corridor and culminate at Ambedkar Nagar T-point.
The event was open to all and extra cycles were arranged free of cost for participants who didn't own a bicycle or found it difficult to bring them to the venue. Participants who were cycling in real traffic for the first time or after a long gap, were given useful cycling and road safety tips by volunteers before the ride.
The Delhi Cycling Club has been trying through its event to disseminate information and sensitise people on the need to reduce energy consumption, dependence on petrol and diesel, and use more of cycling, walking and public transport and less of private motor vehicles to tackle climate change.
This is the third climate ride event organised by the Delhi Cycling Club, a non-profit group of over 850 members from Delhi and the National Capital Region consisting of bicycle enthusiasts, professionals who cycle to work frequently and people who are concerned about issues like environment, climate change, health and fitness and liveability of our cities. The first two similar events were held in June and December last year.
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