Since then, 3.5 lakh people have joined this citizen movement of re-claiming its roads.
Raahgiri Day’s modeled after “Ciclovia”, an event that began in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976, and closed streets to cars and opened them for the exclusive use of people. Raah, a path or journey, combines with ‘GandhiGiri’, a colloquial adaptation of Mahatma Gandhi's transformative technique of non-violence, to form Raahgiri. It represents a move towards sustainable development, one of constructing permanent bikeways and sidewalks all over the cities to enable a better quality of life for our current and future generations.
In India, the event has grown from strength to strength, with more and more cities following suit – Delhi, Ludhiana and Pune. From 4 May 2014, Municipal Corporation and Police Department, Gurgaon, have taken on the additional