An estimated 84 lakh vehicles ply in Delhi every day, contributing to its chaotic traffic and worsening quality of air. Thursday, October 22, 2015, marked Delhi's first Car Free Day and it was led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Over 100 cyclists joined the chief minister in the rally held between the 17th century Red Fort in Old Delhi and India Gate, a World War I monument. He was also accompanied by his ministers and other bureaucrats.
Kejriwal said, "Traveling needs to be made safe. There is too much congestion on Delhi roads that leads to pollution in the city and that people need to step forward to improve the condition. Cycling helps all, even a diabetic like me."
A fellow cyclist Puneet lauded the government's efforts and urged it to hold the rally on Sundays.