BHUBANESWAR, (Smart Cities News): On 28th July 2021, Bhubaneswar Smart City prove it again. After winning two awards in the Smart City Awards Contest, Temple City bagged India Cycles4Change Challenge Stage-1 Award among the top 11 Cycling Pioneers nation.
The top 11 awardees under the India Cycles4change Stage-1 cities are Bengaluru in Karnataka, Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Chandigarh in Punjab and Haryana, Kohima in Nagaland, Nagpur in Maharashtra, New Town Kolkata in West Bengal, Pimpri Chinchwad in Maharashtra, Rajkot in Gujarat, Surat in Gujarat, Vadodara in Gujarat and Warangal in Telangana, said an official statement.
All these cities will receive an award of Rs 1 crore to grow up their cycling events in their respective cities.
In New Delhi, a virtual event, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, announced the top 11 winning cities.
The event also marked the release of the first Challenge information and an Online Exhibition showcasing cities’ cycling journey.
The award also marked the start of the next stage of the first season of India Cycles4Change Challenge, where 107 cities across the country come together to test, learn, and grow up different cycling-friendly initiatives, kick-starting India’s cycling revolution.
The India Cycles4Change Challenge launched its first information to the public—The Dawn of India’s Cycling Revolution. The data is a celebration of the cities’ efforts in the Challenge and indicates what comes in the future.
Celebrating India’s cycling revolution over the last year, the Ministry launched an Online Exhibition showcasing the journey of the top 25 cities.
The cities have transformed their streets and launched initiatives to become cycling-friendly through their exemplary leadership, enthusiastic efforts, and effective collaboration with citizens.
The Ministry also announced Season Two of the India Cycles4Change Challenge – wherein new applications will invite from all Smart Cities, capital cities of States/UTs and towns with a population of over five lakhs.
The Second Season of The India Cycles4Change challenge will start in August 2021.
“We will promote cycling events regularly across the city during the second season and popularize the Public Bicycle Sharing initiative among the public to increase the ridership,” said CEO Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh.