1. How popular are bicycles in your hometown?
If I talk about the time when I was a child, the bicycle was the primary mean of travelling for people in my hometown. However, this is not the case and motorised vehicles have replaced the bicycle. Around 5-8 percentage people, these days in my hometown use this environment-friendly vehicle while it was more than 80% at a time.
2. How often do you ride a bicycle?
Honestly, these days I scarcely ride a bicycle and mostly use my car. I used to be very fond of riding a bicycle in my teenage, but after I started working in a different city, I had been forced to buy a car.
3. Do you think that bicycles are suitable for all ages?
Yes, this is a suitable vehicle for all ages. The physical activity that a cyclist do is great for his health and this is perhaps the most environmentally friendly ride in the world. There is no age restriction to do commute using a bicycle, I believe.
4.What are the advantages of a bicycle compared to a car?
Well, first of all, a bicycle is eco-friendly and does not harm the environment the way motorised vehicles do. Further, it is cheap and does not require a high maintenance cost. Moreover, bicycle riding involves physical movement and help maintain us healthy. Finally, this type of transport does not cause traffic congestion, unlike motor cars.
5.Did you learn to ride a bicycle in your childhood?
Yes, I did. My father taught me how to ride a bicycle when I was in the 4th standard. I used to cycle to my school which was about 2 kilometers from my home. I also used to cycle to the market.
6.Is it easy to ride a bicycle in your country?
It is easier in smaller towns and villages because there the roads aren’t very busy. Cycling is a bit difficult in big Indian cities because in most of them there are no dedicated lanes for cyclists. I really feel that this should change.
7.What are the benefits of riding a bicycle for a child?
Cycling is a healthy exercise. It is also an exercise that most children enjoy. Cycling is good for strengthening the muscles in the calves and thighs. I have also heard that it helps children grow taller.
8.Is it safe to ride a bicycle on busy roads?
Well, I am against cycling on busy roads such as the ones in Shanghai. I used to cycle when I was in Wuhan. I almost stopped that habit after I moved to Mumbai to pursue higher studies.