Over 150 female bikers enthusiastically took part in the rally and handed out road safety booklets at every junction en route in Vashi yesterday. The rally also witnessed support from the pedestrians, who helped distribute the safety booklets and conduct traffic awareness talks at key traffic junctions across Navi Mumbai.
Speaking about the joint initiative, Dr Sameer Kulkarni, Facility Director, Hiranandani Hospital said, “The purpose of this activity was to reinforce the practice of traffic and road safety norms in the community. What better way than having women motorists drive home this message? We would like to thank the Traffic and Police Depts. for joining hands for this initiative.”
Aiming to decrease the number of road traffic accidents in Navi Mumbai, the initiative may act as a major push towards preventing injuries and fatalities.
The rally was flagged off by Satish Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Traffic Police, Navi Mumbai along with Dayawanti Shewale, Corporator, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
The bikers took off from Shivaji Chowk from there on they travelled to Blue Diamond Hotel and continued their journey onto Mini seashore Road and circled back to Shivaji Chowk, covering 6 kilometres in total.
Satish Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Traffic Police, Navi Mumbai, said, “Having the community join hands with us to reinforce traffic safety is an extremely progressive step. The women’s bikers group, through this initiative organised by Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, helped us reach out to hundreds of Navi Mumbaikars.”
Lata Iyer who participated in the rally with a friend said, “Guidelines at home, aid smooth functioning of the household, which usually is a woman’s responsibility; this activity is an extension of our responsibility towards the community. Hoping for safer streets, we are happy to lead this cause.”