Hisar girls cycle to UT to give green message

CHANDIGARH: A team of girl students and their teachers have cycled down from Hisar to Chandigarh to promote the use of cycles in a bid to save the environment.

The team of of Hisar in Haryana includes five girls (Varnika Gupta, Bhawna Jangra, Vanshika Grewal, Aditi Chugh, Kritika Jindal); three teachers (Abhishek Charag, Poonam Chauhan, Rupesh Kumar) and a dean, Puja Pant.

The team‘s (a total of 350 kilometres) had four stops – Panipat, Rohtak, Kurukshetra and Ambala.

Talking to TOI, the team shared its experience and the challenges it faced.

“There should be service lanes on the highways for cyclists and pedestrians. The authorities must get in place an efficient traffic lights management process to ensure safety of all. Motorists need to be sensitised about safety of others,” Bhawna, one of the students, said.

“We hope that more people use cycles to reduce carbon footprint and play a vital role in saving environment,” added Kritika, another student.

The students added that they had learnt the importance of working as a team. “The pace of such journeys is decided by the fastest and the slowest member. Therefore, it is important to keep motivating each other. The moment anyone shows signs of exhaustion, it is up to others to boost their confidence,” Varnika said.

“An escort vehicle that had everything – from food to medical staff – accompanied the girls. Since it was our maiden expedition, the principal was constantly in touch with us,” Pant said.

“At the time of starting, the students were very excited but a little doubtful. Their parents, too, were unsure. However, by the time the students reached Chandigarh, they wanted to cycle back to school,” the dean added. “It is up to you how you train your mind to pedal faster, longer and harder to keep going,” the students said.

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