By profession, I am a teacher with an inclination toward adventure and sports activities and an urge to do something new for a change in myself and for a positive change in society. I am a regular cyclist, making local commutes of up to 10 km near my home and recreational cycling of about 25-30 km on weekends. I am very much attached to cycling because the degree of freedom and the amount of joy we get from cycling is something we never wanted to get rid of. It also gives me an intimate, unfiltered experience of the city around me.
What are your plans as Bicycle Mayor?
I would work towards making Valsad a cycle-friendly city and would organize and participate in events that would bring about a change in the mindset of the people of Valsad. I wish to see more and more children and women using bicycles for their daily commute and set an example for others to do the same. This will definitely help people to change their mindset and change their mobility habits. I will also try to include as many government officials as possible in bringing cycling awareness and convenience to bring about minor changes in the infrastructure of the city to facilitate cycling. I will mainly -but not only- focus on women since I believe the bicycle can play an important role in women’s empowerment.