Praveen Sapkal

I am a practicing civil engineer and recreational triathlete at Bhopal.
It was in 2014 that I started cycling after recovering from a serious medical condition. Cycling helped me to build back my strength and recover from the illness, and it was then that I realised its potential in the everyday.
I have now completed many 100-200 kms rides including BRM’s, and an Ironman 70.3 in 2017 in Thailand.
During the pandemic I brought together a group of cyclists to help with delivering to aged persons who are home alone and unable to procure their medicine or groceries.

What are your plans as Bicycle Mayor?

As a Bicycle mayor I would like to promote cycling to high school students first as I am upset with the fact that nowadays youngsters are riding motorcycles without having a proper license, with increasing risk of accidents. I’ll encourage government employees to use bicycles at least once a week to commute to the office and for other short trips. Of course this all leads to the demand for developed infrastructure. We must adopt the bicycle as a mode of commuter transport by creating a proper cycle stands, changing rooms, and smooth roads. Presently cycling is used mainly for fitness purposes and rarely for commuting in my city. I will start a campaign to promote this change of mindset.