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Victory Ride by BDCyclists

Mizanur Rahman

Cyclists participating in the Victory Ride Cyclists participating in the Victory Ride

Imagine you are at Farmgate intersection, or at Gulshan or Mohakhali highway, what would you expect? The road flocked with thousands of bicyclists wearing red and green colours of the national flag is perhaps not one of them. But such a sight was made possible on the occasion of Victory Day on December 16 by the largest cycling group in the country, known as BDCyclists, formed in 2011. The event BDC BIJOY RIDE was organised through social media facebook and witnessed a huge turnout from its supporters.
This year’s victory day ride started from the Manik Mia Avenue at 8 am in the morning and moved through Karwan Bazaar, Hatir Jheel, Gulshan and Mohakhali. The ride covered a 13 kilometer distance, and organisers were overwhelmed to see the participation of 4,000 riders, given the country’s political state. Drabir Alam, from the organising team says, ‘We were pretty surprised to see the entire avenue from the National Parliament to the corner of Aarong, thronged with cyclists.’
The participation of a stagger number of 200 female riders piqued the curiosity of many pedestrians, which turned out to be a little annoying for some girls. ‘A pedestrian asked me which college are you from, sister? I was like, what on earth does it have to do with anything?’ says Lima Aksi, a participant in the victory ride.
The victory day of this year possesses a different vibe for the young generation. Fuad Ahsan Chowdhury, one of the members from the organising team says to Youth, ‘We are immensely pleased with this year’s BDC Bijoy Ride and therefore, we are planning on hosting this next victory day too.’
BDCyclists began their journey with the aim to reduce commuting by vehicles like bus, car and CNG driven auto-rickshaws in order to avoid being stuck in the traffic. ‘Our vision is to inspire a large number of people to take cycling as their preferred mode for travelling. We have more than 25,000 members now,’ added Drabir Alam. Apart from organising the Bijoy Ride on every victory day, BDCyclists also organise Eid Mubarak rides, weekly rides, monthly rally and a weekly training session for beginners.
Mizanur Rahman is a student of ASA University Bangladesh




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