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Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 03:55 AM IST

Free Press Cycling Initiative: 54-year-old pedal pusher young at heart and health

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Indore: When we choose to invigorate our environment and control generation of pollutants in the air, our metabolic rate too witnesses a boost, and so does our happiness.

Seems strange?

Then check with this 54-year-old man Dr Yogendra Vyas, who has been cycling to his clinic for last eight years after making the choice of reducing air pollution by reducing fuel-run vehicles. Setting record for cycling one of the longest routes to work in the city, he has become an inspiration for many avid cyclists, who pedal for fit environment as well as health.

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Sharing his passion for cycling, Vyas said, “I have always been fond of cycling, but due to long hours of work and medical studies, I had forgotten it. About 10 years back, I came across Dr Pravar Passi, who inspired me to join marathon races.”

“I ran barefoot for the first time and I still do, but the journey from personal health to environmental health can be comfortably taken on a cycle,” Vyas said. Keeping himself fit and healthy, he came across cycling initially as a cross training activity.

“Slowly, I realised that most diseases are on the rise because we are harming the environment too much and then, cycling seemed like the perfect way to keep environment happy and staying healthy too,” Vyas said. Inspired by the benefits for both the nature and health, he further shared his love for cycling with his wife 49-year-old pathologist Hema Vyas.

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“We go to leisure trips and nearby places all on cycle. And with my daughter Meghna learning to paddle, we have become a fun cycling trio, inspiring everyone to take up cycling. “Many health enthusiasts, who have turned into saviours of environment, were inspired by me and they further helped me organise a proper cycling group in the city,” Vyas said. He was in all praise for some of the first members of the group Lokesh Data, Sandeep Kayal and Mohit Gupta.

GOOD PRACTISES

Rs 300 crore for 270-km user-friendly tracks in Pune

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Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is trying hard to give back the Cycle City moniker to Pune. Their effort is evident in the Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan proposed this year. The civic body commissioned a study on the city’s cycling tracks that lie unused for years and has set aside Rs 300 crore to promote the sport by developing new infrastructure. The new plan suggests that this proposed network plan for the city covering a length of 471 km will have segregated, user-friendly cycle tracks of 270 km. The plan, open for suggestions and objections till September 30, will be submitted to the general body meeting for further proceedings.

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Published on: Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 08:25 AM IST
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