My name is Shekhoo Raja, I live in the historical city of Gwalior, India. I have been traveling by car, motorcycle and bicycle for the last 15 years, covering various parts of India and neighbouring countries. Apart from my cycling tours, I also organise Brevets in Gwalior for my group. I run a non-profit cafe and store for riders, cyclists and gamers and organise various events to create awareness about all three activities.
How would you describe your mission?
My mission for cycling is to make Gwalior a cycling destination. The city should support cyclists and cyclists should be enthusiastic not only about cycling as a sport, but as a lifestyle.
What are the obstacles and challenges you’re facing in your city?
Mindset and the lack of convenient infrastructure are the main hurdles. People have already been cycling in good numbers and they just need some direction.
What are your next steps now that you are the Bicycle Mayor?
I will organise rides and events to create awareness about cycling and work to create safe cycle parking spots across places where youth frequent. I have shortlisted some cafes, gyms, shopping complexes where this can be easily done with good impact.
What can other cities learn from your city?
Mine is a small town, which is known to lack in culture, connectivity and industrialization. But we have come ahead in various fields in recent years. I think what my city can teach others is how not only the metros and big cities can bring about change, but also smaller ones.