Kohima: The Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL) launched the Kohima ‘Cycles4Change’ Campaign to “encourage more people into cycling.
Kohima is one of the 95 cities to have registered for the India Cycles4Change Challenge, which is an initiative of Smart Cities Mission.
Through the programme, registered cities will implement quick interventions to create a safe and cycling-friendly city.
Community engagement is a crucial component of the initiative; therefore, the government is seeking the support of the residents in making this programme a success. Kohima will be participating in the challenge under the initiative of the Kohima Smart City Development in partnership with various stakeholders, local champions, and citizens.
Embracing a cycling transformation
Over the next few weeks, the city will roll out a survey to understand citizens’ perception of cycling.
It said that the survey aims to identify barriers to cycling in Kohima and inform the design process. KSCDL wants all CSOs, consultants, corporates or concerned citizens to support the city in the India Cycles4Change Challenge by registering using the link: https://bit.ly/2X0UK3v
The entries will be reviewed and a diverse team will be formed to support in developing and implementing initiatives, it informed.
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The India Cycles4Change Challenge was announced on June 25 by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), MoHUA at the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Smart City Mission.
It aims to inspire and support the cities to implement quick cycling-friendly initiatives in response to COVID-19. The Challenge will run in two stages. Stage 1 will run until October, where cities will pilot initiatives such as pop-up cycle lanes, host public consultations, conduct surveys, and hold campaigns to promote cycling, which will help develop a scale-up strategy.
Based on the pilots and city-wide proposals submitted, 11 cities will be shortlisted in October for Stage 2. In this stage, they will be awarded Rs 1 Crore and will be guided by national and international experts to scale-up the initiatives. This stage will extend till May 2021.
During the Challenge, cities will be guided through online workshops, technical knowledge material, and peer-to-peer learning discussions with fellow cities.