Guwahati: The ‘Pedal for Health’ cycle Ride was organised in Guwahati on August 29, 2021, to celebrate National Sports Day.
‘Pedal for Health’ is an initiative by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to bring the Cycling Culture back in India. This event was flagged off on August 14 in New Delhi on the eve of Independence Day as part of the year-long Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations.
The Union Minister said “COVID-19 has taught us the importance of Physical and Mental health and what better way than pedalling for good health. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the citizens to take up cycling as an alternative for better health and immunity.”
Guwahati celebrated the event along with more than 70 cities across India. More than 50 cyclists from all major cycling groups from across Guwahati took part in the ride. The cyclists rode through different parts of the city covering a total distance of 14 km. The ride started from and ended at Lachit Ghat near the statue of Bir Lachit Borphukan on the Brahmaputra.
Participation was free for all and no fees were collected. The ride was organised by Pedal for a Change along with Guwahati Active Mobility Forum, Spokehub Cycling, Imperial Cycles and was supported by the Bicycle Mayor of Guwahati and Guwahati Cycling Community.
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