Aimed at promoting safety consciousness among the public, a cycle rally by the cycling team of the safety wing of Thiruvananthapuram Railway Division started from Central railway station here on Sunday.
The rally will pass through Kollam, Kayamkulam, Kottayam and reach Ernakulam and then return to Kayamkulam via Alappuzha and conclude in Thiruvananthapuram. At these points, it will camp at night before commencing the journey next day. On each day, the rally will commence at 8 am and will conclude on May 2.
In the rally, 14 cyclists are taking part. The team is led by Sudheesh, national coach for the railway cycling team. The rallying team is accompanied by a piloting vehicle of safety counsellors.
As part of the rally, pamphlets on rail safety will distributed among the public. “The rally will create awareness among the public on safe travel. The passengers will be advised not to climb on the rooftop of a train, not to board and alight from moving trains and not to travel on the footboards. Messages to be more cautious while crossing unmanned level crossings and on utilising the foot over-bridges for crossing the tracks are to be distributed during the rally,” said Godwin Moses, safety counsellor, engineering, of Thiruvananthapuram railway division.
The rally was flagged off by L David, senior divisional safety officer at 8 am on Sunday. Kerala Sports Council president Padmini Thomas, sports officer of Thiruvananthapuram railway division K M Beenamol and Thiruvananthapuram station manager P Mani were present on the occasion.
The division, in October last year, had performed a skit ‘Oru Sandesham Koodi’ from Thrissur to Nagercoil covering 25 locations to educate road users on the safe practices to be followed at unmanned level crossings. This was done following the accident in which four people were killed when the car they were travelling was hit by a train near the Aroor level crossing.