This Sunday, the Hyderabad roads would be jam-packed with cyclists. Santhana Selvan, the Bicycle Mayor of Hyderabad, has requested cycling groups, runners, and walkers from across Hyderabad to join a rally that pledges to bring about a cycling revolution in the city.
Cyclists from the eastern part of the city would congregate at Uppal, from the north near Suchitra, and from the west at Gachibowli -- they will all meet at Necklace Road and finally pedal to Charminar.
Selvan has organized the meet and dedicated it to fellow cyclist Nitin Agarwal who died near KBR Park in an unfortunate accident last year. He says that it's an open rally, and anyone can join. They aim to flood the city on Sunday with cyclists to promote awareness about the due respect that both cyclists and pedestrians deserve.
Selvan adds that they are not protesting, but they are requesting the state government to create a bicycle network across Hyderabad through this rally. They want the government to impose strict enforcement on drunken driving, speeding, and wrong-side driving, which are the leading causes that put both cyclists and pedestrians at risk.
It's a reminder to the motorists that the cyclists and pedestrians are citizens too and deserve their share of the road. They want to message the government through placards and slogans to create comprehensive bicycle lanes across Hyderabad and promote public bicycle sharing units.
The mayor claims that cyclists are scared to occupy their share on the road, and this fear should end. Cyclist groups are planning such events once every month.