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We cannot have a collective impact until all cycling lanes are connected: Bengaluru’s ‘Bicycle Mayor’ Sathya Sankaran

We cannot have a collective impact until all cycling lanes are connected: Bengaluru’s ‘Bicycle Mayor’ Sathya Sankaran

Sathya Sankaran receiving Bicycle Mayor title from Jaap Werner, Consul General of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Sathya Sankaran receiving Bicycle Mayor title…

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Sathya Sankaran receiving Bicycle Mayor title from Jaap Werner, Consul General of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Sathya Sankaran receiving Bicycle Mayor title from Jaap Werner, Consul General of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

As traffic conditions in Bangalore worsened, civic activist Sathya Sankaran decided to commute to work on a bicycle instead of driving a car. Also known as Bengaluru’s Bicycle Mayor, Sankaran has been active in promoting cycling awareness for over a decade. Speaking to Moneycontrol, he explained how the Bengaluru cycling community has evolved over the years.

It started 12 years ago

In 2010, the then 35-year-old Sankaran took up cycling for health purposes. Working in an IT company in Bengaluru, he preferred cycling to work rather than driving a car. “During that time, I had already cycled across Europe and was slowly understanding the health benefits it entails,” Sankaran said. “After I came back to India in 2010, I wanted to make more people aware of cycling’s benefits, and that’s when it all started,” he added.

In the same year, Sankaran joined the Non-Motorized Transport Taskforce under the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). “We were measuring roads and footpaths across Bengaluru for cycle lanes,” Sankaran said. For the next few years, he worked on connecting people and spreading awareness about cycling. Sankaran claims he started Cycling Day, India’s first open street programme, in October 2013. The cycling community in Bangalore (Credit: Sathya) Reclaiming the streets

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