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  • Writer's pictureThothathri Raman

Mumbai's Urban Cycling Challenges!

The Cornell University supported CEIC provides access to 1.2 million macro-economic time series and statistics from more than 50 countries. One of the most popular data is the Traffic Congestion Index. Among many of the cities of the world figuring in this Index the commercial capital of Mumbai in India has always topped the list. Call it whatever maneuvering through the traffic of Mumbai is not just a nerve racking experience but something can never be replicated anywhere in the world. The coastal city with over 2.5 crore or 25 million cramped into 500 square km measuring just one third the size of Delhi is definitely a disaster in waiting but somehow miraculously the city and its transportation stretched to its limits has survived over the years.

Prof. S S Prasada Rao's a senior business management professor who took to cylcing in this hyper congested city says cycling journey in Mumbai is a testament to the city's dynamic and multifaceted character, offering a blend of challenges, surprises, and unforgettable experiences.

As he embarked on his two-wheeled adventure through Mumbai's bustling streets, Prof. Rao was greeted by the city's vibrant energy, where the constant hum of activity and the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds formed the backdrop of his journey. Navigating through the labyrinthine lanes and crowded thoroughfares, he witnessed the intricate tapestry of Mumbai's urban life, where old-world charm coexists harmoniously with modernity. Along the way, he encountered iconic landmarks such as the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, and the bustling markets of Colaba, each imbued with its own unique charm and history.

However, Prof. Rao's cycling journey in Mumbai was not confined to the city's urban landscape alone. Venturing beyond the concrete jungle, he discovered the serene beauty of Mumbai's coastal routes, where the rhythmic lapping of waves provided a soothing soundtrack to his ride. Along the scenic promenades of Bandra and Worli Sea Face, he savoured the cool sea breeze and panoramic views of the Arabian Sea, offering a refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Moreover, Prof. Rao's cycling journey was enriched by the warmth and camaraderie of Mumbai's cycling community, where enthusiasts from all walks of life came together to share their passion for pedalling. Whether joining organized rides, participating in cycling events, or simply exchanging stories with fellow riders, he found himself immersed in a vibrant and supportive community that embraced the joy of cycling.

Throughout his cycling journey in Mumbai, Prof. Rao not only explored the city's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures but also forged a deeper connection with its people and spirit. It was a journey marked by moments of exhilaration, discovery, and reflection, reaffirming the timeless allure of two wheels and the boundless adventures they offer.

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