Cycling pilot project in Colombo – Aiming to combat diabetes and obesity

PUBLISHED Feb 5, 2021

The starting point of the cycling route: Cycle Shop Spinner

The second round of the Cycling Sunday initiative will take place on February 7, 2021. The cycling route covers the distance between Pita Kotte in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Cinnamon Gardens in Colombo. Cycling Sunday is organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs.

In January, Youth and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa announced that the pilot project would be launched, and the first event was held on January 31. The ministry and the police will make a cycling lane available during the event hours every Sunday, and there will be air pump stations at Spinner, a cycle shop offering bike rentals in Pita Kotte, and at Racecourse in Cinnamon Gardens.

The route starts from Spinner, goes along Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Rd, continues to Parliament, Diyatha Uyana, Rajagiriya, Borella Cemetery, Independence Arcade, Racecourse, and then turns around at Tummulla Intersection and finishes at Spinner. You can join from anywhere along this route and enjoy cycling on your own bike instead of renting one from Spinner.

The co-ordinator of Cycling Sunday, Yasas Hewage, told the local media The Sunday Morning: “The main objective behind this initiative is to reduce diabetes and obesity. Cycling is also an ideal means of transport while practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Currently, there are no roads with dedicated cycle lanes in Sri Lanka. “Starting with this pilot project, we would like to realize the introduction of cycle lanes in the future. We are also encouraging more companies to provide bicycle-commuting-friendly provisions, such as converting one bathroom cubicle into a shower and providing lockers,” Hewage said.

The event is held every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participation is free of charge.

  • Rental bicycles for the event