ISLAMABAD, Oct 15 (APP):Cycling culture offers an healthy option for residents to ward off bad impact of auto emissions
and climate change which is silently and persistently affecting human health, particularly in the
twin cities, that had been serene and full green in 70s and 80s.
Ibrar Shinwari, Chairman Department of Environmentalists of International Islamic University
Islamabad specifically pointed out that traveling-cum-exercise mode eventually ensures good
impact on environment besides providing an inexpensive mean of mobility to citizens.
The specific activity would help bring down temperature by 2 degree Celsius by alleviating
the emission of lethal gases in the air, he added.
He emphasized to designate cycling area on each artery of the federal capital to encourage
cyclists. He underlined the need to arrange cycling competitions among students of different
educational institutions besides promoting the use of cycling among citizens.
Uzma Saeed, an environmentalist, sharing her experience in Euorpen countries, said she
witnessed large number of bicycles on the roads for which lanes had been specified. “We
should specify the lanes first; then go for the awareness,” she added.
She urged the youth to opt for cycling as large part of the country’s population consisted
of youngsters. “If we manage to turn 10 motorists to be bicycle-users a month, it may help
in bringing back the pleasant weather of Islamabad that did entice tourists in late 70s and
80s,” she added.
Some residents also demanded for adding a cycling lane along each road of the Margalla
city for cyclists.They said it would definitely promote the healthy activity, besides ensuring
safety of the public.
“The cycling trend has vanished across the country during the past some decades
due to availability of cars and buses,” said Ali Ahmed, a student of Master of Science.
He pointed out the unprecedented popularity gained by the ride-sharing services
within a short span of time, did indicate that the public had been less concerned about
their health by unintentionally ignoring this pro-health activity.
Ali said “I still ride bicycle to university and plan to continue for the sake of my own
Shayan Saeed, another student of intermediate of Rawalpindi Waqar u Nisa College,
suggested that the cycling was a better option for teenage students who had to manage
daily affairs with meager resources . “We, the youth, must encourage this mode of
transportation by keeping in mind the climate change factor,” he added.
Dr Shafeeq, a cardiologist told APP that every fourth, out of 10, was a victim of chronic
diseases, including cardiovascular and diabetes that had somehow become a perplexed
issue for medical fraternity.
Stressing exercise to avoid chronic ailments, he said, “Cycling is one of the best forms
of aerobic exercises that helps to burn extra calories, improving metabolism, and balancing
blood sugar level.”
Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) spokesperson said, the use of the bicycle was no more in
vogue that needs to be promoted through awareness campaigns. The ITP’s education unit was
fully cooperating with some private organisations and providing assistance in their activities
with regard to such campaigns, he added.
A CDA official said that the cycling-lanes were added to three major roads, including Margalla
Road, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Avenue under Islamabad Green Charter Programme two
years ago.
He admitted that the Mayor had vowed to introduce these lanes at major road, but it could
be not carried out due to paucity of funds.