The cycling community of Sri Lanka has appealed to authorities and vehicle commuters to share the road with them and ensure their safety when on the road.
Cycling in Sri Lanka takes place in two different formats in professional cycling and recreational cycling with the latter growing in popularity in Colombo areas with many cycling groups creating interests among the young and old to take up this healthy hobby.
Some of the main cycling groups of Colombo came together to launch an appeal to the driving community to share the road with cyclists to ensure safe road riding as safety is fundamental in this form of transport and empathy by drivers is crucial.
Led by the Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka and supported by recreational cycling groups like the Pedal Pushers, Wroom, BoraluBoyz, Action Lanka and Colombo Mountain Bikers, a press conference was held at the National Olympic Committee Auditorium on 01/03/2016 calling the driving community to simply ‘Share the Road with Cyclists’.
Speaking at the media briefing, President of the Sri Lanka Cycling Federation Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva stated that cycling features at the top of the list as a means of saving the energy resource of a country adding that spreading this culture in Sri Lanka would save the environment from pollution and contribute towards creating a fit and healthy Sri Lanka.
He also said that he would appeal to the Government to reduce the tax on cycles as a move to encourage more people to take up the hobby.
Co-founder of the popular cycling group Pedal Pushers Cyclists Lalanthi Rajapakse also noted at the event that cycling will create a faster and non-congested road network as time wastage on the road at unnecessary traffic blocks will be minimal.
Cycling above all else is a perfect solution to enhance the health and fitness, especially in an ageing population. The positive thinking, physical exercise, maintenance of fitness levels will in fact, reduce the burden on a country providing free medical care by the state.
Cycling would almost solve all of the traffic congestion related problems and also improve one’s health while those who do not want to take up this hobby should at least ‘Share the Road with Cyclists’.
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