Last Updated on June 8, 2022 by Panduka Herath
ජූනි මස 3 වන දිනට යෙදි තිබුණු ලෝක බයිසිකල් දිනය නෙදර්ලන්ත තනාපති කාර්යාලය විසින් කොළඹ දී සමරනු ලැබූවා.
ශ්රී ලංකාව සහ නෙදර්ලන්තය අතර 70 වසරක ද්විපාර්ශ්වික රාජ්යතාන්ත්රික සබඳතා සන්දර්භය තුළ ශ්රී ලංකාව සහ නෙදර්ලන්තය අතර තිරසාර වෙළඳාම සහ ආයෝජන පිළිබඳ webinar මාලාවක් අතරතුර දියත් කළ ‘Bike to Work’ වැඩසටහනේ ජයග්රාහකයන්ට ජයග්රාහිකාවන්ට මෙහිදි ත්යාග පිරිනමනු ලැබූවා.
මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් මාධ්ය නිවේදයක් නිකුත් කරමින් නෙදර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලය විසින් බයිසිකල් පැදිමේ යහපත් ප්රතිලාභ කෙරෙහි වැඩි අවධානයක් යොමු කොට ඇත. ඒ අනුව බයිසිකල් පැදීම දැරිය හැකි ලාභදායි, සෞඛ්ය සම්පන්න සහ තිරසාර ප්රවාහන මාධ්යයක් වේ.
“බයිසිකලය ලාභදායී වන අතර සෞඛ්ය සම්පන්න ජීවන රටාවකට මෙන්ම අඩු තදබදයට සහ පිරිසිදු වාතයට දායක වේ. ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම, දැනට ප්රවර්ධනය කරන තිරසාර ප්රවාහන පද්ධතියක්
ආර්ථික වර්ධනයක්, සහිතව දේශගුණික විපර්යාසවලට එරෙහි සටන ශක්තිමත් කිරීම හරහා තිරසාර සංවර්ධන ඉලක්ක සාක්ෂාත් කර ගැනීම සඳහා ද බයිසිකලය ඉතා වැදගත් වේ.” නෙදර්ලන්ත තානාපති කාර්යාලය සිය මාධ්ය නිවේදනයෙන් පෙන්වා දේ.
තානාපති කාර්යාලය විසින් නිකුත් කළ සම්පූර්ණ මාධ්ය නිවේදනය පහතින්,
Netherlands Embassy marks World Bicycle Day through encouraging Cycling to Work
On the 3rd of June, The Netherlands Embassy in Colombo marked World Bicycle Day by awarding the winners of the Bike to Work call for proposals for practical solutions to stimulate work-home cycling in Sri Lanka. The call was launched earlier this year during a webinar series on sustainable trade and investment between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands in the context of 70 years of bilateral diplomatic relations which are available to view on the Embassy Facebook page.
World Bicycle Day draws attention to the benefits of using the bicycle: it is an affordable, healthy and sustainable means of transportation. The bicycle is cheap and contributes to a healthy lifestyle as well as less congestion and cleaner air. Indeed, a sustainable transport system that promotes economic growth, reduces inequalities while bolstering the fight against climate change is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Today, the Netherlands is the world’s leading cycling nation. However, this was not always the case: an oil crisis in the 1970s contributed to a mindset shift leading to many Dutch people adopting cycling for daily activities and their commute – rain, snow or shine. This shift was supported by urban planning that promoted safer roads for cyclists, parking facilities and incentive schemes.
In Sri Lanka, there is also increasing interest in the benefits of cycling. Following up on earlier activities to encourage sustainable mobility in Sri Lanka and on the occasion of World Cycling Day, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands therefore convened a group of Sri Lankan stakeholders that work on sustainable mobility in Sri Lanka in conjunction with awarding the winners of the call for proposals. Representatives from various government, private sector and advocacy led groups including the Urban Development Authority, Road Development Authority, Department of Motor Traffic, United Nations Development Programme-CITRA, Bank of Ceylon, PICKME, UBER and Ride For Life discussed their current and pipeline projects and exchanged ideas on how Sri Lanka could drive sustainable mobility forward through the shared examples submitted in the proposals. They agreed the current challenging situation in Sri Lanka could also be a window of opportunity to push a mindset change on sustainable mobility, including cycling and public transport in Sri Lanka.
The winning Bike to Work proposals were chosen with the support of two Dutch organisations that support shifts to sustainable mobility worldwide, namely the Dutch Cycling Embassy and the Iganga Foundation, and the local organisation Ride for Life that advocates for adopting cycling as lifestyle mobility option in Sri Lanka. The winner of the call for proposal was WISHQUE pvt Ltd that proposed to develop an open source app solution focused on ease of use, safety and incentivise cycling to work for companies and organisations to use. Citizens’ Development Business Finance PLC was awarded the second place, having already adopted bike to work within their organisation and in recognition of the solutions and incentives developed such as concessionary loan scheme for purchasing bicycles. The third place is shared between Ecoware, Save a Life, Green Life Generation and Gampaha Wickramarachchi University – Faculty of Indigenous Social Sciences and Management Studies who were all awarded consultancy hours to support further development of their proposed solutions that focused on community focused mobility solutions and coupled cycling with waste management, entrepreneurship and advocacy for sustainable mobility solutions.