According to a road accident data analysis report released in 2021 by the Mumbai Traffic Police, cyclists were among the most vulnerable road users in the city in 2020, except for motorcyclists and pedestrians.
While the Mumbai Police are encouraging cyclists to take part in the ‘Sunday Streets’ initiative, disabled people in the city have suggested that with more such initiatives, there is a growing need to ensure the safety of cyclists, especially those with special needs. As the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week takes place May 13-17, mid-day.com spoke to a few cyclists about their experience pedaling around town.
For 47-year-old amputee Vinod Rawat, discouraging remarks from people while riding their bikes are common. While some appreciate his zeal, others question him for “risking his life to ride with an artificial limb”. Vinod was six years old when he was run over by a lorry driver on his way home from school in Bhandup. He lost a leg in the accident.
Rawat says: “As a child, I saw people riding bikes and I wanted to do the same one day. In 1997, my life changed after I received an artificial limb. The first thing I did was learn to cycle. within hours I was able to keep my balance, and within days I was riding my bike on my own. It was like a dream come true.