Bhubaneswar Smart City has done it once more. Capital City won the India Cycles4Change Challenge Stage-1 Award today, after winning two prizes in the India Smart City Awards Contest on June 25. It was named among the top 11 cycling pioneers in the country.
Bengaluru in Karnataka, Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Chandigarh in Punjab and Haryana, Kohima in Nagaland, Nagpur in Maharashtra, New Town Kolkata in West Bengal, Pimpri Chinchwad in Maharashtra, Rajkot in Gujarat, Surat in Gujarat, Vadodara in Gujarat, and Warangal in Telangana are the top 11 awardees under the India Cycles4change Stage-1 cities, according to an official press release.
Each of these cities will get a one-crore prize to help them expand their cycling events in their respective locations.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, revealed the top 11 winning cities at a virtual event conducted today in New Delhi.
Officials from the central and state governments, as well as other stakeholders from all of the cities participating in the India Cycles4Change Challenge, attended the ceremony.
The inaugural Challenge report was also released during the event, as well as an online exhibition highlighting cities’ bicycle journeys.
The award also marked the beginning of the second season of the India Cycles4Change Challenge, which brings together 107 cities from around the nation to test, learn, and scale up various cycling-friendly projects, kicking off India’s cycling revolution.
FIRST CHALLENGE REPORT:
The first report from the India Cycles4Change Challenge, titled “The Dawn of India’s Cycling Revolution,” was released to the public. The report is both a celebration of the cities’ achievements thus far in the Challenge and a preview of what’s to come in the future.
LAUNCHING ONLINE EXHIBITION:
The Ministry of Urban Development created an online exhibition displaying the journey of India’s top 25 cities to commemorate the country’s bicycle revolution over the last year.
Through their exceptional leadership, enthusiastic efforts, and successful engagement with residents, the cities have changed their streets and initiated programmes to make them more bicycle-friendly.
The online exhibition can be viewed at https://smartnet.niua.org/indiacyclechallenge/online-exhibition-overview/
Season Two of the India Cycles4Change Challenge has also been launched, with new proposals being sought from all Smart Cities, capital cities of States/UTs, and cities with populations of above 5 lakh.
The India Cycles4Change competition will return in August 2021 for its second season.
“We are planning to promote cycling activities frequently around the city during the second season and also publicise the Public Bicycle Sharing programme among the public to enhance ridership,” said CEO Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) Sanjay Kumar Singh after the award ceremony.
CYCLE PROMOTION EVENTS IN CITY:
Temple City has been participating in the India Cycles4Change project since October 9, 2020, and the pledge taking and bicycle giving took place at a special ceremony near Sishu Bhawan Square. BSCL and BMC collaborated to carry out the activities.
Following that, on October 16, auto association members held a pledge-taking event in Powerhouse Square for bike safety, followed by another on October 23 at Smart Park Saheed Nagar.
Similarly, numerous apartment buildings were enlisted to help publicise the cyclothon activities, which totaled 21 throughout the city. On October 30, vehicle aggregator Ola drivers took part in a pledge drive, and on November 6, a mini cyclothon was held with the core subject of cancer awareness through cycling.
Under the Socially Smart Bhubaneswar Project of the BSCL, 25 peer leaders (Pragati Sathis) as community leaders (boys and girls) were given bicycles on November 13 to work for a big social change action throughout 100 slums of the city.
To encourage more people to use bicycles Bhubaneswar recognised this early on and developed a city-wide cycling network plan (Public Bicycle Sharing under “Mo Cycle”) along high-density development and existing transport routes, with a specific focus on making cycling popular and effective as a last-mile connection option.