The Smart Commute Foundation aims to make Mumbai the 'Bicycle Capital of India by 2030’

Smart Commute Foundation (SCF) kicked of celebrations for World Bicycle Day with a vision to make this a Lighthouse Cycling City

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The 6th edition of 'Get Cycloned 2019' ride in the city was held to celebrate World Bicycle Day, where the Smart Commute Foundation unveiled a Road Identity card for PAN India cyclists for the first time in India. Through this initiative, the team attempts to educate the masses and create awareness towards physical activity such as Cycling to live a fulfilling life and staying protected against the unforeseen uncertainties.

The flagship initiative of SCF #Cycle2Work launched Cycle2Work Hub along with partners Mahindra & Mahindra Worli and Nirlon Goregaon, with a commitment to encourage its employees to commute on a cycle and offer them parking facilities and other benefits. The foundation plans to appoint 30 hub partners by the end of 2019 and build a viable cycling network for the white collared employees. These corporate hubs will strengthen the cycling infrastructure, build ridership and redefine the commuting pattern in the city. The initiative by Firoza Suresh, Founder of Smart Commute Foundation, this initiative has been pledged to make cycling a 'currency of health' and make it the new footprint for sustainable transportation. 

Speaking on the occasion, she said “The Cycle2Work culture has been growing rapidly in cities across India. The numbers have seen a sharp rise in Mumbai over the last five years. What has been encouraging for us is not just the tremendous response from Mumbaikars but also the support we have received from MCGM, Mumbai Traffic Police and Corporate fraternity. I feel quite confident that Mumbai will succeed in designing a cycling friendly mass transport environment for tomorrow.”

The foundation urges citizens to participate actively in the reduction of city's congestion and carbon emissions and define a healthy road sharing culture for motorized and non-motorized transport on the city streets. Smart cities benefit immensely with cycling as it’s a low-cost sustainable transport and efficient to reach the last mile. Popular fuel brand, IndianOil, has also backed this noble initiative since the last 6 years.  

Keeping the same aim in mind, SCF invited working professionals, cycling enthusiasts, corporates, entrepreneurs, start-ups and health freaks to participate in a 40-day Pan India commute challenge ‘One For The World’. The challenge was to encourage people to use a bicycle for daily commuting, and it offered cycling as a fun, social, practical & pollution-free mode of transportation that can unite people for a healthy & happy city. The 40-day commute started on the World Earth Day, April 22, and will run up to June 3, 2019, which marks the World Bicycle Day. The online competition is split across three categories - Leisure, Commute, Leisure + Commute. Three winners from each of these categories who cover the highest distance & number of trips during this period will be awarded on the World Bicycle Day.

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