Date : Mar 08 2014             Views :
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Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) joins hands with Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) to host the Exclusive Women's Cycle Ride

- Ms Minnie Mathew flags off the ride

Hyderabad, March 8, 2014: Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) & Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) hosted an Exclusive Women's Cycle Ride to commemorate the International Women's Day, from Gachibowli Bike Station on Saturday. Ms Minnie Mathew, IAS (Retd.), Former Chief Secretary, Govt of A.P. & Member, CAT, Hyderabad Bench, flagged off the ten kms ride from Gachibowli Bike Station to Kothaguda junction and back. Mr. N.V.S. Reddy, MD, Hyderabad Metro Rail, Mr. V.B. Gadgil, MD, L&T Metro Rail and Mr. D. V. Manohar, Chairman, Hyderabad Bicycling Club & Past Chairman, CII, were present on the occasion. The all women, colourful ride had several prominent women taking part including Dr Suchitra Ella, Joint MD of Bharat Biotech & Chairperson, Indian Women Network, Southern Region; Ms Vanitha Datla, Vice Chairperson, CII & Chairperson, Indian Women Network, Hyderabad Region; Dr Savita Date, Indian Women Network, Health & Wellness Convener; Ms Sita Lakshmi, Appellate Dy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes. A participant Shipra Chengi completed the 10 kms distance in 22 minutes and was declared the winner. The 1st and 2nd Runners up were Ms Sashivadhana Reddy and Ms Srilatha Shankar. Special prizes were announced for physically challenged Kiran Kanojia, youngest participants - Nine year old Tamanna &  Ten year old Diksha and the senior most participant Ms Kavitha Perera.

The historic ride had over 600 women from different walks of life enthusiastically participating and expressing their solidarity for women empowerment and gender equality. The fun they were having and the camaraderie amongst them made the ride memorable.

Ms Minnie Mathew said one of the vital prerequisites for women empowerment is easy mobility; bicycle is an apt mode of transport which promotes healthy living and safe environment. Taking to bicycling on a big day like this, is a good beginning. This impressive ride should see more and more women wheeling on the bicycle in the city. She said I salute the spirit of all the participants. Our endeavour is to make this world a better and safer place for women and therew is still miles and miles to go for all of us. 

Mr. N.V.S. Reddy, MD, Hyderabad Metro Rail, said our endeavour is to make bicycle ride popular amongst the citizens of Hyderabad and the International Women's Day is the most opportune day to spread the message amongst women. This pleasant all women ride has made a mark and should motivate several to opt for bicycle as their mode of transport. He said HMR has for the first time in the country and probably in the world designated a station near Madhura Nagar as All Women Station and is naming it as 'Taruni', only women will man this station. HMR is initiating special measures to make commuting on metro rail safe for women, this after discussing the concerns of women with various women's organizations. He said, HMR will have CC cameras panning all nook and corners, special and brighter lighting in all locations, special police force, women police and private security will be in place. These and several other measures should make Metro ride safest, he added.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. D. V. Manohar, Chairman, Hyderabad Bicycling Club & Past Chairman, CII, said, this event on a momentous day has proclaimed women empowerment, protection of environment and promotion of healthy living. This all women ride will encourage and popularize bicycle as a mode of transport amongst Hyderabadis. He said out of 4000 HBC members 1500 are women

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