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So what is this Cycle Day? The *Cycle Day* initiative is a campaign launched to promote cycling and open street concept. The underlying effort is to raise public awareness for non-motorized transport (NMT) as a sustainable means of transportation and also pedestrianization. The main objective is to make the public adapt to cycling for short distance commutes, shopping runs or leisure and thereby reduce pollution and traffic congestion while adopting a healthier lifestyle.
What things happen on Cycle Day? A 1+ km long stretch of the road is blocked to traffic in partnership with Bengaluru Traffic Police for 4 hours so as to create a safe space for the public to enjoy street activities and games. The event itself starts with a cycle ride of 2.5-6 km on a designated route which is cordoned off and a safe cycling path is created to ensure the safety of riders. The open street concept is put into practice and street games and activities happen during the course of the event.
What about Cycles? *A nominal number of free bicycles are provided* to the public by producing a valid ID proof but the idea is to encourage people to bring their own cycles and enjoy the ride in their locality.
As a participant what are we to do? As a participant, you can attend the event (cycling and open street games) with your family and friends and also spread the message to your friends and acquaintances through social networking media or other means available to you.