Two cyclists from Hyderabad, Zarbarf and Lavanya, have started a 20-day expedition from Kashmir to Kanyakumari called ‘Cycle at Every Home’. Their goal is to reduce air pollution and encourage the use of bicycles as a daily mode of transportation. They believe that if every household has a basic cycle, people can use it for short distances instead of using a motorized vehicle. This initiative aims to send a message to the government to create cycle-friendly infrastructure.
The journey began on October 24 in Srinagar and will continue for 20 days, passing through 23 places until reaching Kanyakumari. Lavanya explains that the main objective is to promote the use of bicycles for shorter distances and regular work in nearby areas. They hope that if more people use bicycles, the government will plan cycle-friendly infrastructure in the future. It is already happening in many cities where the state government is building cycling tracks and promoting cycling. Regular use of bicycles can help reduce pollution, traffic problems, and maintain good health.
The cyclists aim to reach every doorstep and raise awareness about the benefits of cycling. They have received a positive response so far, with people welcoming their idea. However, they face challenges such as bad roads and construction works in the valleys, which cause heavy traffic congestion.
Zarbarf explains that they have been cycling around Hyderabad to raise awareness and wanted to extend their efforts to other states. This led them to launch the Cycle at Every Home program. By encouraging individuals to ride bicycles for their everyday commute, they hope to improve human well-being, reduce carbon emissions, and minimize traffic congestion.