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July 10, 2020

Cycles4Change Challenge for Cities in India.

Housing Ministry India

India Smart Cities, Cycling

New Delhi | July 10, 2020 — The Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, today opened the Registration for India Cycles4Change Challenge. Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, had launched the Challenge on June 25, 2020.

Over 450 participants, including CEOs of Smart Cities, Commissioners, City Officials, Civil Society Organizations, Experts, and Citizens, attended the Registration Applications Opening event.

The Challenge aims to help cities connect with their citizens and experts to develop a unified vision to promote Cycling. Municipalities are encouraged to collaborate with Civil Society Organizations, experts, and volunteers to create and implement their plans. Citizen collaboration will also be a key metric in the evaluation of proposals submitted by the cities.

Cities in India can access the Challenge and register here:

India Cycles4Change Challenge

• The Challenge is open to all cities under the Smart Cities Mission, capital cities of States/UTs, and all cities with a population of more than 5 lakh.

• All eligible cities can register and submit their applications on the portal from July 10 to July 21.

The Challenge will run in two stages. Stage One will work until October, where cities will focus on piloting quick interventions to promote Cycling and developing a scale-up strategy. In October 2020, the Ministry will shortlist 11 towns. The shortlisted cities will receive Rs. 1 Crore award and guidance from national and international experts to further scale-up the initiatives.

• The Vision of the India Cycles4Change Challenge

Recent surveys indicate that the need for personalized forms of transport would increase as a response to COVID-19. The studies show that Cycling would increase by 50-65% as cities in India come out of lockdown. Cities around the world are leveraging the opportunity to expand their cycling networks and public bicycle-sharing systems. According to experts, increasing Cycling can help cities in a green economic recovery; investments in cycling infrastructure have economic benefits of up to 5.5 times the initial investment; Cycling for short distances can result in an annual gain of INR 1.8 trillion to the Indian economy.

“The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is committed to helping cities develop high-quality transport systems that offer sustainable mobility options to their residents. I urge all cities to achieve a vision of safe and fun Cycling for everyone,” said Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, India.

“We are proud to launch the India Cycles4Change Challenge with the ambitious goal of creating cycling-friendly cities across the country. Cycling can aid a green recovery from COVID-19 for the transport sector and create a golden age for active, sustainable, and efficient travel in our cities,” stated Mr. Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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