Come Sunday and Kalyaninagar will come alive with the happy shrieks of cyclists, fitness enthusiasts and families who will be out on the streets for a few hours of unadulterated fun at the fourth edition of ‘Raahein – Joy of Cycling’, a Times of India campaign to promote cycling.
On March 9, roads along a circular route of Kalyaninagar, starting from opposite Mariplex mall, will be converted into a vehicle-free zone from 6.30 am to 9.30 am to allow cycle enthusiasts to enjoy a ride around the neighbourhood on their bicycles. The carnival of fun and games for the entire family will also involve other enjoyable activities like running, street soccer and Zumba. A dedicated kids’ zone will allow young children to join in the fun too.
The previous editions of the campaign organised at Magarpatta City, University of Pune campus and Kalyaninagar witnessed cycling and fitness enthusiasts troop in to enjoy a noiseless, vehicle-free and a happy neighbourhood, that was once the norm in this now-crowded city.
Families who participated in the last three Raahein events said they found it both refreshing and relaxing to do something different on Sunday mornings. The event, which focuses on the environmental and health benefits of riding cycles, has also been appreciated for the quality family time that it enables participants to . Families with toddlers, fitness enthusiasts and even those who forgot their bicycle soon after school, got back to it with great enthusiasm. The event saw youngsters come out for a ride with friends, while many parents used the opportunity to teach their children cycling.