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Rally: Back to the bicycle?

According to the Tribune News Service, the NGO Initiative for Transportation and Development Programmes (ITDP), working on improving air quality through promotion of sustainable public transportation is organising a bicycle awareness rally on June 24th, 2007.

The objective of the rally is to create awareness on the importance of cycling on health as well as on the environment. The rally is to start at 7 AM from India Gate and end at Red Fort, covering 5.8 km distance via Tilak Marg, ITO and Darya Ganj.

Although the concept behind the rally is good both socially and environmentally – the Delhi of today is a very cycle-unfriendly city. To be effective, the cycle rally should actually be held on a weekday, during rush hour, on a separate cycle track parallel to the congested roads.

The ground reality however is that the cycle tracks are not to be found anywhere in the city and that traffic on the above mentioned route will have to be stopped/diverted on sunday, during the rally.

Sunday (24th of June, 2007) also happens to be the date when the National Eligibility Test (NET) is scheduled to be held and almost all of the Masters students in the city will leave early morning for Jamia Millia Islamia to take the same. Students (especially those living in North Delhi) are advised to take note of this and plan accordingly.

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Dr. Govind Singh is Co-Founder of Delhi Greens organisation and the Editor-in-Chief of the Delhi Greens Blog.

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  • Savera

    All said and done…do these rallies really matter or change anything?
    but as long as they don’t come at much traffic problems…its ok, fudned money has to go somewhere!

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