Each Sunday, the majority of biking groups in the country embark on breakfast rides; if, during these rides, biking groups could spend a few more minutes of their time to help improve conditions for our nation and planet, i.e. by planting more saplings, visiting orphanages and donating school supplies, providing drinking water to the stray animals living in one's city, etc., our nation would slowly but surely become more progressive in terms of environmental conservation and overall standard of living. It is a small step, but a step forward nonetheless.
Gen Mohandas, a retired veteran who was also present at the Bikerhood Meet in Mumbai on September 6th, delivered an inspiring speech about the progress of the Bikerhood initiative, and of how the message for a noble cause has successfully traveled across states in order to rally the biking community to ride for a reason. Later at the event, one representative from each biking group in attendance signed the Declaration of Bikerhood: a scroll that urges all bikers to pledge to do better for one's nation and planet. Each group that has signed up will receive their own login details and password, through which they can upload their very own blog posts on a unique web portal. This web portal will successfully link biking groups across India that are otherwise segregated due to geographical barriers.
Facebook can be cumbersome and its open-to-all settings can oftentimes be a hindrance, and the Bikerhood stated that they would like to streamline all biking and ride related information in the Indian subcontinent onto one accessible platform. As each group uploads their own blog posts, a leaderboard in real time will update to reflect their efforts: for example, if a group of 10 riders plant 5 saplings each, every member that participated in this activity will receive 5 points per sapling. This will result in a total of 250 points. At the end of each year, the group that has received the maximum number of points will receive a grand prize and nationwide recognition. This will also be a step forward to ensuring that, in the future, bikers such as Geet will not have to resort to selling their motorcycles in order to help those in need. Instead, in the event of a natural calamity or crisis, bikers can connect with one other through this web platform, and organise efforts to help those in need as a united front. The website has opened registrations on www.declarationofbikerhood.com. The full site will be launched soon.
The Bikerhood Tour will continue on to Vadodara (25/10), Hyderabad (01/11), Chennai (01/11), Bangalore (08/11), Cochin (08/11), Assam (15/11), and Pune (22/11). Its founders are enthusiastic and looking forward to the rest of the tour, and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to spread more messages of positivity and humanity across the rest of the nation. Through this, they hope to create a positive image for bikers in India, and eventually the world.
By: Farhan Kashif