Update: It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Sunil Jain of Surat. His work as a Bicycle Mayor put people first, as he strived to make cities open for all. Our thoughts are with his family; BYCS and the Bicycle Mayor Network will sorely miss him.
I am Sunil Jain from Surat. I am a postgraduate in Physics, worked at around 6 different banks for twenty years in different capacities, then I was in international business for 17 years. In the last 7 years, I’ve been working with the Chamber of Commerce, educational institutions, the police, municipal corporation and family court in various capacities.
How would you describe your mission?
I am one of the founders of largest cycling group in Surat, having 1000 plus membership and presently managing committee member in Chamber of Commerce.
What are the obstacles and challenges you’re facing in your city?
My mission with regards to cycling is using my connections with different organisations to promote cycling in my city. I want to create a technology base system to enable people to use out of use cycles after refurbishing them and distributing them to those in need. I want to change the mindset of people in my city who see the cycle as a poor man’s vehicle to cycle as instrument of transformation.
What are your next steps now that you are the Bicycle Mayor?
I will work with city authorities towards providing better safety to cyclists and to those who want to shift to cycling.
What can other cities learn from your city?
We can share our experiences of our Project ReCycle with other cities.