Cyclists in Noida ride 75km to mark 75th Independence Day | Noida News


NOIDA: Several resident groups and government offices across the city observed 75th Independence Day on Sunday.
With the lockdown easing after the second wave, fitness groups under the umbrella of Noida Express Cyclists (NEC) and Noida Express Walkers (NEW) started trooping onto the streets.
On Sunday, the cyclists rode 75km to mark India’s 75th freedom anniversary. As a run-up, two cycling challenges were held in June. In the first one, the target was to complete 300km in the first week while in the other, 550km was the target.
In the first challenge, 13 members accomplished the goal and in the second challenge seven pairs achieved the target.
According to founder and moderator of both groups which have about 300 active members, Pradeep Panda, “In cycling, social distancing is automatically maintained, while in walking there was a fear of proximity. Therefore, we encouraged solo walking instead of in a group.”
Similarly, Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Associations (NOFAA), organised a cycling event, NOFAATHON, with over 25 riders from 10 highrise societies. The event also covered a distance of 75km. The ride started at 4.30am from Manav Rachana School in Sector 51 and ended at 9am at Meghdutam Park in Sector 50.
According to Rajiva Singh, NOFAA president, “The cyclists were enthused but did complain about potholes, lack of proper cycling tracks and safety of riders in the city.”

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