Bike farm for a greener campus
Manipal: The Bike Farm Campus, a full-fledged sales and service centre for bicycles, was inaugurated at D block, Manipal institute of Technology (MIT) on March 5 in an attempt to promote a cleaner, pollution free campus.
The objective of the initiative was to encourage the usage of environment friendly means of transport and to highlight its health benefits. Mr Annamalai, the chief guest of the function added, “Cycling is not just about the little emotions of riding and the health benefits but also a stride to environmental harmony.”
The university has previously backed cycling initiatives in Manipal and all roads within the campus are open for cycling. In an attempt to encourage the activity, Dr G.K Prabhu, Honourable Director of MIT, led by example and bought the first cycle at the event. He commented, “The campus is small yet dense and power vehicles are not the best way to go forward. We have more than five hundred students using bicycles in Manipal. This is a green initiative and a greater alternative for the students. I have decided to buy a bicycle as an attempt to support and be a part of this idea as head of the institution.”
With several students and faculty actively enjoying the sport, the university decided to implement it on a grander, administrative level. Ganesh Nayak, faculty member of Instrumentation and Control and a cycling enthusiast remarked “I think it’s a great idea, the organisers are very helpful. Cycling opens up a lot of new perspectives.”
The Director also added that “in an attempt to reach out to more students in this green venture, the university is planning to expand the bike farm in the future and fund a student run start-up for renting and selling of bicycles”. Arindam, a 3rd year MIT student stated, “It’s a beautiful initiative and should be supported by all colleges. It will be even greater if they start renting out bicycles.”
Edited by Sakhi Todi