Panjab University Bicycle Lovers — a group of students who are attempting to promote bicycles in the university premises, organised a cycle rally on Tuesday. The rally took off from PU’s Students’ Centre and tracked a 30-minute path passing through the Law Department, Pharmacy Department, Chemistry Department, Admin Block, Boys Hostel-3 and Gandhi Bhawan.
Over 150 students turned up on their bicycles to participate in the rally. According to Gurjinder, a Ph.D scholar from PU’s Department of Law and one of the founding members of the group, “Ours is a purely non-political group that was started about two and half years ago. The main motive is to encourage students, faculty members and even non-teaching staff to use bicycles inside the university premises. We also provide a platform to bicycle lovers to drive within the university in an organised way.”
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For the last eight months, the group has been gaining momentum, with more students taking active interest in commuting via bicycles. “We now have more than 200 active members who meet regularly and take interest in encouraging others to step out on bicycles,” Gurjinder added.
Rajwinder Singh, another student who participated in the rally on Tuesday, said, “PU already has a problem of traffic congestion, and currently, even parking has become a significant problem. If students and faculty members use bicycles, traffic would be reduced considerably, and of course, it would also be environment-friendly.”