What to Expect at Raahgiri Days CP
As per the official Raahgiri Day website, the event was initiated to make Gurgaon accessible for its residents and encourage the use of cycling, walking and public transport in the city (Raahgiri Day was started in Gurgaon in November 2013)
As a concept it is temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become “open” to people. Raahgiri Day features a range of activities for participants - including yoga, cycling, dancing, and more - helping citizens reclaim their streets and bring physical activity back into their lives.
Raahgiri Days at Connaught Place
At Connaught Place, Raahgiri Days started in July 2014, were temporarily suspended in December 2014 & January 2015, and got restarted in February 2015. After that also it got temperorily suspended few times in 2015 & 2016, usually during the national days, for security reasons. It’s a joint efforts of the New Delhi Police, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), EMBARQ India supported by host of other organisations.
At Raahgiri Days in Connaught Place, Children and adults can bike, skate, run and walk; partake in community leisure activities such as street games, street dancing;learn yoga, aerobics and zumba ; and to come together as a community and celebrate life.
One can cycle for hours at Connaught Place during the event. You can either ride your own bike or get rent free cycles from the Times of India or Hindustan Times stalls after depositing your working smart phone and an ID card. Do make sure to come early as there are more takers than the Cycles available, else you may wait in the long que and still face disappointment of not getting a cycle by 8:30 am, the official time when these counters get closed.These Cycle Stalls are stationed at E Block, F Block and C Block (Inner Circle)
Have roller skates or skate board ? Just get them and hit the road
Yoga is being practiced and preached off and on from various stages being set up for the occasion, special activities are also being organised to help people learn the practice
All you fitness freaks can head towards Reebok fitness zones and learn few tips from the trained instructors, or follow excercises being conducted from the main stages
Music and Dance
Dance and music can be enjoyed at the various stages being set up across Connaught Place, by Times of India, Hindustan Times, Reebok etc.
You can also enjoy dancing to the tune of drums at F block parking
Traffic Police Awareness Campaign
Delhi Traffic Police is running an awareness campaign at the event with a Mobile Exhibition Van placed near Palika Parking, also a host of information is being passed on to the visitors about Two Wheeler Riding, Avoiding use of Mobile phones while driving, A guidline for Cycling on the roads, instructions for Truck drivers and peoples participation in Traffic Management. A must visit for all concerned citizens. A very good effort by the Delhi Traffic Police.
Unique Initiatives by Students and NGO’s
During Raahgiri Days at Connaught Place very unique initiatives have been witnessed, like College Students campaigning to Stop Violence Against Women,
Other Acitivies and Fun
Various other activities and fun is being organised by different stakeholders from time to time
Every week a host of special activities are being conducted which we would keep on updating on this page. So enjoy life at Connaught Place
Content Author: staff reporter
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