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Udaipur pedals for a healthier city, launches cycle bank

Sohail Khan, Udaipur: Pedalling towards a healthier and greener city, the Udaipur administration has come up with a unique initiative under which

people can pick up a bike for free from ‘cycle bank’ for a four to five kilometre hike. Launched on the lines of blood banks, the cycle bank uses bikes donated by people from across the city.
A brain child of district collector Rohit Gupta, the concept was launched under the Action Udaipur Scheme around 10 months ago on a small scale. With growing interest and donation the idea gave birth to a full-fledged cycle bank with 70 bicycles.
“The motive behind the bank was to encourage healthy lifestyle among the people under the stay fit initiative of the administration, which is a part of their Action Udaipur Scheme. Along with this, we are also focusing on increasing the happiness index among the citizens,” Gupta told HT.
The administration has identified three tourist points – two at Fatah Sagar Lake and one at Pichola Lake – for the cycle banks.
The bikes can be used for free between 6 to 10 am just by showing identity proofs.
“Till now the concept of cycle bank has proved to be a huge success as around 150 to 200 people are regularly using bikes from the three stalls,” the collector said.
Morning walkers and health enthusiasts have welcomed the move.
Anand, a regular biker, said: “We are honored to be a part of a city like Udaipur where everyday something new is happening. The concept of cycle bank is awesome, as it will not only motivate the people to stay fit, but also help to control pollution to some extent.”

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