Mumbai, 22nd April 2016: The Smart Commute Foundation, promoters and pioneers of the Cycle2Work initiative, in partnership with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, successfully conducted a first of its kind employee initiative to Cycle2Work, at the Equinox Business Centre, BKC, Mumbai.
80 employees of Gilbarco Veeder-Root cycled to their office from their homes across Mumbai to celebrate the World Earth Day. This has made Gilbarco Veeder-Root, the first corporate in India to adopt this environmentally conscious initiative and set an example for others to follow. Gilbarco Veeder-Root is the global leader in integrated technology solutions in the retail petroleum industry, with a strong commitment to its core values of integrity towards customers, innovation, employees, stakeholders and the environment.
Team Gilbarco was joined by Amin Hajee of Lagaan fame. An ardent cyclist himself, Amin showed his support for the initiative by cycling beside the Gilbarco team.
The Cycle2work initiative, designed by a group of environmentally aware cyclists urges one to look closely at the health and environmental benefits of cycling and make it a way of life. The Smart Commute Foundation is a team of like-minded cycling enthusiasts and environmentalists, led by its Founder, Ms Firoza Suresh, a cyclist herself.
The Foundation designed the Cycle2Work programme with an intent to initiate citizens to experience and adopt cycling as a way of life. They believe this will help the city reduce its carbon footprint, making it a better place to walk, bike, live and breathe.
Encouraged in her efforts by corporate entities like Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Firoza Suresh Founder, Cycle2Work, says, “I am delighted that corporates are taking up the cause of the environment through the smart mode of cycling to work. It’s a healthy alternative especially for those with busy work hours and a great way to squeeze in the much-needed daily activity. I am grateful to everyone who has supported this initiative taking the ride that’ll make the difference.”
Susheela Rao, Executive Assistant to Managing Director, Gilbarco Veeder-Root India, believes, “When passion is combined with hard work, magic happens. It’s possible.
We look forward to having more people like Susheela from the corporate fraternity to be cycling ambassadors and walk with us to bring in the change for generations to come”.