A group of more than 25 fitness riders from 10 different high-rise societies of the city marked the 75th Independence Day by cycling for 75 km on Sunday. The cyclists said that their aim was to bring awareness among the citizens about the healthy lifestyle. The ride started at 4:30 am from Manav Rachna School, sector 51, Noida and ended at 9:00 am at Meghdootam Park Sector 50, Noida via City centre, Mahamaya flyover, Pari chowk, and Metro depot in Greater Noida. Cyclists said while the ride to celebrate Independence Day was thrilling, cycling in the city is not easy due to the poor condition of various roads.
According to Rajiva Singh, President of NOFAA, “the Cyclists were enthused but did complain about potholes, lack of proper cycling tracks and safety riders in the city. Cyclists said none of the tracks are in proper condition.
Ashmita Arora, she was one of the participated in the event, said Noida has some beautiful areas but riding a cycle along them is too dangerous because of the potholes and rough patches and also, since many roads are not properly marked that’s why we had to depend on our cycle lights since its early morning. Such things will discourage many cyclists from playing on roads. The purpose of this event was to raise such issues and potholes’ ‘, said Arora. Officials of Noida authority said that they are working on this issue and they are filling all the potholes for free and they have filled thousands of potholes in the past week. NEC also held a separate 75 km cycle ride to mark Independence Day. The group of members participated in this challenge and resolved to maintain a healthy living with the help of this event. Many people were encouraged to improve their lifestyle to ride a cycle.