A bicycle rally has been organised to promote the cause of environment protection and to generate awareness among people to exercise their right to vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
About a hundred cyclists from 15 cities and six countries across the world are participating in the three-day event in the Himalayan state.
Mohit Sood, organiser and president of Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA), said, “Himachal Pradesh has a huge potential in sport and such events will provide exposure for talented people on an international platform.”
This year, keeping in mind India’s ongoing general elections, the organisers have appealed the participants to promote ‘Voter Education and Electoral Participation’ to encourage citizens to come out and vote.
Members of Indian Special Olympics Team who won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal for India at the World Games at Abu Dhabi, flagged off the race on Friday afternoon.
“There are several cycling trails in this state. An event like this will play a major role in boosting tourism economy,” said Sood.
The riders in a 25km non-competitive cycling stretch from the Historic Ridge Maidan will encourage voters in the areas of Mashobra, Bekalthi, Sarog, Kiartu, Kyarkoti and Craignano in Shimla district to step out and vote in large numbers.