I am an Entrepreneur by profession and a passionate cyclist by nature. I am a founding member of Navsari Cyclist with 7 members and have expanded the group to 80 members in 8 months. I’ve also organised various cycling events by involving various cross sections of society, from different age groups, from 13 years to 65 years old, from student to business community, from government official to doctors and engineers.
How would you describe your mission?
By making cycling a way of life to reduce my city’s carbon footprint and improve physical and mental health of my fellow citizens.
What are the obstacles and challenges you’re facing in your city?
The main obstacle is poor city infrastructure for cyclists, mainly bad roads and lack of traffic sense towards a cyclist.
What are your next steps now that you are the Bicycle Mayor?
I will involve and interact with my community, asking them to give respect and recognize on road cyclists. I shall work closely with the local government department for better infrastructure. I will get in touch with schools and colleges, creating awareness in the minds of young kids for use of the cycle in their daily routine. Also, working on the cycle to work project will get across the message to the people for a green & clean city.
What can other cities learn from your city?
Be the initiator and take lead by taking a step forward and not wait for the government to step in for making cycling a way of life e.g. Rotabyke Project. Rotabyke project launched one month ago and we are committed to the success of the same. We had organised various awareness rides on the same to create environment for people to ride more and more on bicycle for an overall healthy lifestyle & green city.