Hamid Ansari rides a bicycle

Mohammad Hamid Ansari is currently the Vice President of India.

According to the Times of India, Mr Ansari is an avid cyclist.

40 members of Pedal Yatri — a bike club in Gurgaon, Haryana India — rode their bikes 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the Vice President’s residence in New Dehli to publicize their efforts to encourage cycling for transportation in Gurgaon and other cities in India and eliminate the “too poor to afford a car” stigma that’s often associated with bike riders.

Jeremy Yatt is one Gurgaon resident who loves biking, except to hotels. “That’s because hotels do not allow a bicycle. They expect you to arrive in cars to these places, and if someone turns up on a bike, they automatically assume that it must be an unimportant person,” he says.

After all, if Vice Presidents ride bikes, it must be an elitist form of transportation, right? Ansari even proposed closing city streets on Sundays to encourage non-motorized transportation. Member of Parliament Tarun Vijay, who joined the ride from Gurgaon, told the cyclists he would work to create cycle parking & bike lanes, remove car infrastructure to make way for cycle infrastructure, and promote cycle sharing programs to integrate cycling as a part of multi-modal transportation system.

More about cycling advocacy in Gurgaon, India at the Times of India: Pedal pushers complain of racism. (Though maybe the correct word would be ‘classism’?)

Gurgaon residents: YOU can contribute to the Open Street Map project by recording bike facilities (bike paths, bike lanes, and even bike restricted areas) to the open map. Begin here to see what’s available.

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