Hundreds of bikers attend India’s biking rally

Biking rally has been held in India with participation of hundreds of bikers from across country

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A motorcycle club on cruisers drives into town at the 2012 Atlantic Beach Bikefest in Atlantic Beach, S.C.,May 25, 2012

Hundreds of bikers took part in a rally held in India's eastern West Bengal state on Sunday to promote safe riding.

The bike rally was organised by Bengal Travel Mart in association with a biker community in Siliguri town.

The participants toured the entire city and parts of Terai region in the foothills of the Himalayas on their bikes.

"Participating in any rally is basically to promote our biking culture. All over India, the biking fraternity is quite widespread and regarded as quite notorious. Whenever you see any news or anything, they say that okay a biker hit him or her, but that is something we want to change. Biking is a very different culture, growing mainly to promote safety and following traffic rules," said a participant, Souvik Sengupta.

The rally also aimed at promoting West Bengal as a tourism destination for adventure seekers.

"Bengal as an adventure tourism destination is a very prominent destination. So, our focus is that with this bike rally, we would like to initiate this programme and also focus on the adventure tourism part of Bengal," said organising member of Bengal Travel Mart, Samrat Sanyal.

India has the world's deadliest roads, the result of a flood of untrained drivers, inadequate law enforcement, badly maintained highways and cars that fail modern crash tests.

Various research studies in the past have conclusively revealed that in India two wheeler and pillion riders account for 40 percent of the total deaths caused by road accidents.

In India, a person is killed in a road accident every four minutes. A report shows deaths in road accidents are more than four times the deaths by terror attacks in India. A total of 139,671 people lost their lives on India's roads in 2014.

The government has of late taken measures to educate people about road safety measures which include safe and slow driving, following traffic rules, carrying the driving license, not using mobile phones while driving or walking on the roads, wearing safety helmets et al.