Bihar to launch bicycle campaign on Tuesday to cut pollution levels

The 'cycle chalao, paryawaran bachao' campaign seeks to ease the pressure of vehicles on the roads of Patna.

By: Press Trust of India | Patna | Updated: August 31, 2014 7:10 pm

The Bihar government will launch its ambitious bicycle campaign in the state capital on Monday at the crack of the dawn to cut down pollution in the city of 20 lakh people.

The ‘cycle chalao, paryawaran bachao’ (Ride bicycle, save environment) campaign conceptualised by the state Environment and Forest Department (EFD) also seeks to ease the pressure of vehicles on the roads of Patna, as well as promote fitness among the people.

“We have been trying to launch this campaign since long. Bicycle is a symbol of environment- friendliness. It is so popular in European countries like France and Holland. A majority of people use it to travel shorter distances, save fuel, cut down on pollution and stay fit,” EFD Minister Prashant Kumar Shahi told PTI.

The Minister said in the first phase, the campaign will be limited to Patna and will continue from September 1 to December 31. It will be extended if public response is good. There are also plans to launch it across the state in future.

In their bid to publicise the campaign, the EFD officials have listed out benefits of cycling, which include fat and stress reduction, cardiovascular fitness and monetary saving.

Awards like caps, t-shirts, tracksuits and bicycles will also be given to those who participate in the campaign after registering themselves at the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park in the state capital.

Shahi, however, said though the campaign will be highly beneficial for the environment and the people, he was concerned about the safety of bicyclists on the roads of Patna as the high volume of traffic doesn’t leave ample space for cyclists and rash driving endangers them.

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  1. M
    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:52 pm
    It is forward looking effort but along with promotion of cycling ,government should also try to improve the road of Patna . There should be separate lane for two wheeler fro the safety point of view.Otherwise it will be dangerous for people and effort itself. Unfortunately , If any accident get occurs then w effort will get defamed and in near future if separate lane for cycle get constructed still people will hesitate to use cycle for travelling small distance.
    1. K
      Aug 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm
      Good effort. Bike lanes should also be provided on major roads, so cyclists can ride safely.