Guwahati: The first edition of the prestigious North East Cycling Awards was held on Saturday at the elegant Ratnamouli Palace in Guwahati, Assam. It left an indelible mark as it celebrated the spirited champions of the cycling world from the region.
The event was organized by Guwahati based non-profit organization Pedal for a Change.
Governor of Assam Gulab Chand Kataria graced the event as the Chief Guest, alongside Minister of Transport Parimal Suklabaidya. Other dignitaries included CMD of NEDFi PVSLN Murthy, CEO Pratidin Times Rishi Barua, India Tourism NE Regional Head Anil Oraw and Founder Medical Director of Sankardeva Netralaya Dr. Harsha Bhattacharjee. The presence of prominent media houses added a touch of eminence to the occasion.
The Jury Members for the awards were Pranay Bordoloi, Mrinal Talukdar, Dr. Sanjeev Kr Handique, Karma Paljor, Urmi Buragohain, Karobi Gogoi, Sattyakee D’Com Bhuyan and Dr. Simanta Kalita who judged the Photography contest entries.
The Governor of Assam congratulated the members of Pedal for a Change for conceiving the awards and recognizing people from all segments of the society. He laid emphasis on the need for and importance of cycling as a healthy and clean mode of transport for short distances.
The program began with lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by a flute performance by Krishnajeena Sharma, member of pedal for a Change.
The awards sought to recognize and honour Individuals who have done exceptionally well in different aspects of Cycling in North East India and Institutions/Organisations that encourage cycling in Guwahati.
Categories spanned from recognizing the Most Accomplished Sports Cyclists, Popular Recreational Cyclists, regular captive bicycle users, special accomplishments in or using cycles, best cycle tour operator, popular cycle store owner, Most Cycling-Friendly School, Colleges/University, and Hospital in Guwahati.
“We believe in the power of cycling to transform lives and promote sustainable transport. The North East Cycling Awards are a testament to the dedicated efforts of our cycling community, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to recognize their extraordinary contributions,” said Arshel Akhter, Co-Founder and Managing Director, at Pedal for a Change.
The event brought together a diverse assembly, including nominees, awardees, media personnel, and members of the cycling community from across the region.
The ceremony was not just about acknowledging achievements but also about highlighting the substantial impacts cycling can have in our society. It emphasised the need for cycling-friendly infrastructure and policies in the region.
The awards ceremony culminated with an electrifying music performance, by Naaz Sultana, enthralling the audience and making it an unforgettable evening.
Pedal for a Change expressed deep gratitude to the event sponsors, partners, jury members, advisors, and members of the cycling community whose unwavering support contributed to the event’s success. Their collaboration showcased their shared commitment to the cycling movement in the North East.
The event not only recognized the past accomplishments but also fueled the hope of a more cycle-friendly North East, where the two wheels are celebrated not just as a mode of transportation but as a way of life.
Pedal for a Change is a Guwahati based nonprofit organisation working towards promotion of Walking, Cycling and Public Transportation as climate change mitigation activities in the North Eastern region of India.
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