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That’s How I Roll…Cycling as a Passion

As quote goes “Fit kids are happy kids”

Cycling plays an important role in overall growth of kids. Right from gaining strength to decision making ability, cycling nurtures over all kid development. Not only does it help them grow physically, but it also allows them to grow mentally and emotionally. In a world of touch screen phones and gadgets, most kids don’t see a reason to go outdoors. A recent study has shown that a child learns on multiple levels with each new adventure while playing outdoors.

My six year old is truly passionate about cycling & I always encouraged him to go for it from an early age of three. As his primary years were mostly spent in UK so during our frequent visits to local parks he used to see elder kids having fun with their bikes. That was what made him curious about adventures which come along with cycling. He got his very first bicycle at 2 and half years of age. I got amazed to find out how quickly he learnt pedaling at young age of 3 and half years without support wheels. Once he got the hang of successfully pedaling without falling, he got huge sense of achievement. He was always thrilled to go to parks and had race with fellow kids and had fun. Fellow playmates and two hours of sweaty fun made him feel excited and happy always. I experienced that whole process of balancing and controlling helped him to sharpen his psycho motor skills along with fun that turns out win-win situation as a mother for me. As kids learn to cycle in different environments, it allows children to go off cycling and enjoying time away from home helps them to grow on all levels. Mentally, they are focusing on their surroundings, emotionally they are connecting with their body, and physically they are getting healthier with each trip out. They also have a chance to learn about safety tips like always wearing a helmet, and being considerate to all road users, be they pedestrians, drivers or fellow cyclists.

After coming back to India, he is finding it difficult to pursue his passion, may be because of restricted cycling only in society premises. And moreover parks nearby do not have any separate area for cycling and kids are not allowed to take their cycles inside. I hope there will be more investments for the biking culture so that more and more kids and elders would freely inculcate the real and green passion of their life. . Cycling needs to be made cool, and more importantly, safe to expect continuous support. Bike lanes are a way to start. Bike racks near local train stations and bus stops would encourage everyday usage. Every kid growing up in India, must have wanted and owned bike at some point of his childhood. We as parents and society, need to create a safe atmosphere for them to explore.

Happy rolling with your cycles!! Enjoy the freedom!!

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Rumi Ravindern is dynamic and charged-up IT professional currently works with Infosys as Business Intelligence Consultant. Prior to Infosys she worked with renowned organizations like John Deere, Hella India Electronics and KPIT. She is a MBA in finance and Engineering graduate in Electronics & Communication. Apart from her IT profession she is associated with NGO “The Talmale Society” which mainly works for betterment of girl child and old age people. An entrepreneur at heart, she always on the lookout for opportunities to live life to the fullest. Her personal mantra is to stay happy, keep fit and make a difference to all that she does.She thinks that being associated with social causes in the past has been a strong influence in her decision to participate and work actively as Brand ambassador for School Khojo. What started off as an opportunity to work as BA, grew into something that revealed her true calling in life – giving back to the community and bringing about a positive change in the process.Being a BA is all about making a lasting difference while staying authentic as a person and a responsible MOM. She have firm faith in famous quote “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

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