15-year-old, doc win 50-km endurance ride
Hundreds of cyclists from all walks of life participated in the "Chak De India 2 Ride" organised by Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) at its Bike Station in Gachibowli on Sunday. The HBC organised the event, flagged off by M G Gopal, IAS, Spl. Chief Secretary MA & UD Department, Government of Telangana and Stephen Yarwood, Urban Futurist & ex-Mayor of Adelaide City, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Independence Day, according to a press release.
Chak De India Ride had two categories of rides: Mass Ride of 10 kms and a Competitive Endurance Ride of 50 kms. The winners of the 50 km Endurance Ride are 15-year-old Jayanth Gupta and Dr Nagaraju, Anaesthetist, Apollo Hospitals, the press note said. On the occasion, Gopal said, “The Telangana government will continue to create better environment for cycling in the city.” Stephen Yarwood said, “Hyderabad and India have to make a choice between unproductive, unliveable and polluted cities with traffic jams or less polluted with good public transport liveable cities.”
Sandeep Sultania said, “The number of vehicles and pollution levels have seen alarming rise in the city. There were 25 lakh vehicles in Hyderabad. Today, there are 90 lakh vehicles. The promotion of cycle is a good way to move forward. The reduction of pollution levels is everyone’s responsibility.” NVS Reddy said, “UN Habitat will be granting money from its Climate Change fund to Hyderabad. We will buy high-end bicycles from the same to facilitate easy access of bicycles to everyone at a very affordable hire cost. ”