Naida: On World Bicycle Day, June 3, 2022, the several groups of cyclists from Noida and Greater Noida West took to the streets to celebrate the occasion. The roads of Noida were flooded with cyclists of all ages who pedaled through the city with enthusiasm and energy.
Dare2Gear was one of the groups of cyclists who hit the roads of Noida on occasion. It is one of the largest cycling groups in Noida, with over 1500 members. The group is famous for taking long trips like from Delhi to Manali by bicycle.
A cyclist from the group says: “When the group was created, it was a small group. Now, in 2022, it consists of 1500 cyclists.”
Shobit Jolly Sethi (28), Dare2Gear Group Marshal and resident of Noida Sector 28, says, “Although it was a weekday, there were 15 runners in the group. On World Bike Day, we went to Dhyanchand Stadium where we rode with over 600 cyclists. It was like a carnival. We enjoyed a 42 kilometer ride. Our meeting point was GIP Mall gate number 9, from there we drove to Noida gate and from there we stopped at Akshardham temple as many other runners joined us there- down. Further on, we all went to the ITO then to the stadium and then back home.”
He further says, “We are always excited to add new people to our group. Our mission is to get people in shape and encourage them to live healthy lives. Our community has 5-8 Marshals , we check the route and the weather conditions and the restaurants. This group is like a family. I carry with me a first aid kit in case of an emergency, he adds.
When asked how satisfied the group members were with Noida’s infrastructure for cyclists, he replied, “Infrastructure is the least of our problems. It’s our mindset on cycling. how we treat the person in a smaller vehicle.Before building the infrastructure, we should strive to imbibe road etiquettes first.
Azeem Khan is a cyclist who will complete 2 years of his cycling journey in August. He is also the founder of Nirala Estate Riders (NER) and was a team manager at Greater Noida West Cycling Club (GNWCC). On the occasion of World Bike Day, he rode with the Dare2Gear group while all his colleagues in his group were out of the station. He, with the group Dare2Gear, took up the challenge of covering 125 kilometers. According to him, he has set a goal to complete 1000 kilometers this week, for this he runs 100 kilometers in the morning and 50 kilometers in the evening every day.
He says: “Nirala Estate Riders is a group of 40 riders, six of whom are very active. Soon we will resume our weekend walks together once everyone is back in town. On World Bike Day, I rode a total of 125 kilometres. My route was from Greater Noida West to Dhyanchand Stadium, 42 km. On the way back, I came back from different routes via Pari Chowk, Greater Noida. I started my commute at 4am and got home at 11am.”
Joggers Walker and Cycling Club (JWC), another cycling group in Noida, celebrated World Cycling Day with residents of Noida High Rise Society NOFAA and Sector 34 RWA. These cyclists enjoyed a 30 km to 50 km ride in the company of riders from various cycling groups. This was followed by a planting campaign at the Sec 34 community center. This group, which consisted of eight members, began their ride from Sector 50, Kendriya Vihar. Additionally, they took a 7km tour of JP Wishtown and then hit the Sector 34 Community Center for a plantation walk.
Dharmendra Sharma, General Secretary of Sector 34 RWA says: “Cycling is very necessary in the current circumstances. According to a report, cycling for half an hour a day activates immune cells and reduces the risk of getting sick.”
Rajiva Singh, President, NOFAA and JWC and avid cyclist, says, “Cycling is a sport that provides good health, helps build a good immune system and good mental health. It also helps maintain sharp reflexes. Celebrating World Bike Day is one of the best ways to raise awareness about the quality of cycling. It does not consume fuel and helps reduce the carbon footprint. I cycle for 45 to 60 minutes every day.”
Residents of various societies like Stellar Kings court, Great value Sharnam and Prateek wisteria joined to cycle and drive plantations with the passionate members of JWC.