GUWAHATI, June 6 - �Cycling The City�, an event to promote cycling, was organised by Pedal For A Change at Shilpgram here on June 3, according to a press statement issued here today.
The event was marked by four bicycle rides starting from four different parts of the city. All the rides started at 6 am and after riding through different parts of the city ended at Shilpgram by 7.30 am. Over a hundred cyclists took part in the rides.
Earlier, Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya inaugurated the event by lighting the ceremonial lamp. In his speech, he spoke about the schemes undertaken by the Guwahati Development Department for promoting cycling among the masses. He informed the gathering about the proposed project of constructing cycling infrastructure at a few places in the city including the proposed cycling and walking lane over the OIL pipeline passing through the city from Noonmati to the vicinity of ISBT.
Later, the conclave started with the PedalX session where Rachit Kulshreshta, a two-time cancer survivor spoke about his inspirational journey. The first session on �How to make Guwahati more cycling friendly� was moderated by noted journalist and Chief Editor of East Mojo, Karma Paljor.
The second session titled �How can cycling be used to promote tourism� was attended by Bhaskar Phukan, MD of ATDC; Paul Barua; Manju George of ESAF from Bengaluru and Naushad Hussain, a tourism entrepreneur. The session was moderated by Supuraj Gogoi of Natventure, another tourism entrepreneur.
The third session titled �How to improve cycling as a sport� was attended by Dr Subhas Basumatary, Director, Sports Authority of India NER; Divya Tate, a well- known sports entrepreneur from Pune and Rajnish Goswami, multiple Ironman competition finisher from Guwahati.