Universities and colleges step up to promote cycle culture

Indore :  Cycling tracks or not, cycle culture continues to boom in the city, as students and staff head to universities and colleges on their bikes to contribute to environment.

Inspiring trend is making waves in the city, where people are willing to take a step towards saving environment, while taking care of their fitness as well

Cycling is the latest cool trend in colleges and schools as Holkar Science College, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya and Daly College are encouraging students to avoid motorised transport and switch to public transport and cycles for health and environment reasons.

Holkar College’ bicycle trend

Holkar College successfully incepted cycling trend in their faculty and students. Students, teaching and non-teaching staff cycled to college every Saturday for most of the year.

Principal of Holkar college, KN Chaturvedi said, “Though, students and staff are willing to adopt cycle culture, it is not possible for them to cycle from home to college.” He explained that most students live far from college and due to lack of public transport they are unable to participate in the ‘green mission’ of the college.

Golf carts for commuting in Daly College

Doing their bit for saving environment, DC does not allow motorised vehicles inside the campus and instead uses battery operated golf carts.

Further, they conduct regular environmental audits to minimise their carbon footprint. Cycling culture inside the campus is promoted for fitness reasons.

Universities and colleges step up to promote cycle culture

Public transportation

Students of Holkar College urge the government and road department to provide public transport in various remote areas.

  • Marimata colonies
  • Aurobindo area
  • Banganga colonies
  • Ring road settlements

Parking facilities at BRTS

Another important development that can help universities and colleges in their ‘green mission’ is availability of parking facility at BRTS. It has smooth public transport facility, but it can only be used by people who live close to AB road. People travelling from a distance are unable to use it because heading home from BRTS stop is a bigger problem for them. Students urged that safe and proper parking facility must be available at BRTS.

What they say

“We are planning to take up the project of promoting cycling again for the upcoming academic session in June. Cycling is the best way to keep mind, body and environment healthy.” – Dr KN Chaturvedi, Principal of Holkar Science College

“We want to make cycling culture a part of our city. Students and staff of the college are willingly participating in our green mission.” – Dr Sanjay Vyas, Head of Microbiology at Holkar College

“We are planning to bring battery operated rickshaws and cycles in the college campus, making it a no vehicle zone in the coming session.” – Dr SP Singh, Head of School of Energy & Environmental Studies

“We have a green policy under which we will be reinforcing the scheme of one cycle day each week, and further we will try to increase that into a regular activity.” –  Chandan Gupta, Media in-charge, DAVV

“We are working on various projects to save the environment, which range from building bird houses to environmental audits. Our primary effort is to reduce carbon footprint.” – Ahmad Ansari, Cultural head at DC

DAVV to be no vehicle zone

It might not be possible to ensure that students reach DAVV campus on cycles, but they are promoting cycle culture inside the college campus. DAVV has a wide campus, where students use motorised vehicles for travelling from one teaching dept to another. “Under the green policy, we are planning to ensure that only battery operated vehicles and cycles would be allowed in the college campus,” head of School of Energy & Environmental Studies, SP Singh said.

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