Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 24:
A cycling group formed by four children in Odisha’s capital city has taken upon itself the task of encouraging people to take up cycling for a healthy environment through road shows.
What brought the four boys – Shiv Prasad Rana and S K Sonu, class IX students of Capital high school, Ajay Pradhan, class IX student of Unit-9 Boys School and Satya Bindhani, a school dropout – together was their love for the bicycle. The four boys, all of them living near Acharya Vihar, started their bicycling group six months ago.
Satya Bindhani, who had to leave school midway and now works in a hotel during the day, accompanies the trio after 3 pm every day.
They roam the streets of Bhubaneswar, but not just for fun. Wherever they find an open space, they hold impromptus shows to attract passersby and make them aware of the benefits of cycling.
The road show
They entertain people with stunts like cycling while standing, cycling with one hand or without holding the handle, cycling while sleeping. The Gang of Four has done such road shows in Acharya Vihar, Vani Vihar, Unit-8, Nicco Park and have received applause for their efforts everywhere.
“We are now addicted to cycling, we love the bicycle and doing road shows to promote cycling. We also want to encourage people to cycle to reduce air pollution. The number of cars and vehicles is increasing every day and giving rise to pollution. This must stop,” said Sonu.
The friends spend 3-4 hours every day cycling and prompting cycling use among the public in the capital. The school going three move around the city for three hours everyday after their return from school at 3 pm. They travel all around the city and do their stunts wherever they find the road free of traffic much to the delight of the viewers.
“We would love to be a part of national and international cycling shows. We welcome children interested in cycling to join us”, they said.