Shail Shrestha, president of ‘Kathmandu Cycle City 2020’, a youth network working for the promotion and advocacy of bicycle and bicycle friendly infrastructures, handed over a bicycle (Jomsom Bike) to the Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai today on the occasion of Environment Day at a program by Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology held at Nepal Academy Hall, Kamaladi.
They bicycle was bought from the fund collected from participant cyclists of Mega Cycle Rally conducted on April 6, 2012 in association with Clean Energy Nepal, Nepal Unites, World Cyclist’s Foundation Nepal, Come On Youth Stand Up, Step for Miles, Rotaract Club and Resources Himalaya.
The gifted bicycle is a Jomsom Bike, made for Nepal, assembled in Nepal, by Chain Bikes, which the organizers hope the PM will use after his much popular Mustang Jeep.
The purpose was to request the PM and all the stakeholders concerned to work for the betterment and safety of roads and make bicycle friendly planning which includes dedicated cycle lanes in Kathmandu, consideration of tax in bicycle and related accessories, programs to encourage bicycle use and cycle safety and inclusion of cycle in National Transport Policy. Cycle being a sustainable means of transport fits well into World Environment Day 2012 theme, Green Economy: Does it include you?