Hi, we’re your hosts, Jigeesha & Abhinav, and we’re here to show you around Goa on bicycles. If you had known us for the past decade this choice of career would really surprise you but if you’ve observed the state of the earth in the past decade, it’s the sustainable way to go.
Abhinav, born and raised in Goa, comes from a background of Electrical Engineering. But like most Engineers in India, he knew his heart belonged elsewhere – in the world of Marketing & Communications. Somewhere between spending his time at an NGO for children, managing celebrity endorsements and launching a movie channel, he felt the need to return to the mothership and contribute towards its well-being.
Jigeesha, born in North India but raised across different cities, is a nomad not so much by choice as much by situations. Like most Indians, she too used to day dream about a life in the sunny, balmy Ilhas de Goa. But her profession was taking her in the direction of Advertising. Realising the need to stop partaking in promoting indulgent consumerism, she moved to Goa to advocate a cycling lifestyle.
Together we started ‘The Bicycle Trip’ with the ultimate objective of getting Goa on bicycles. There is a dire need to declutter our urban spaces and make commuting environmentally efficient. We agree with HG Wells when he says, “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race”. For clean air and a quality lifestyle, it is critical to reduce the congestion on our streets.
Following Former Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa’s insight “An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport. Or bicycles.” We wish to communicate our idea of making Goa a cycling state to both residents and travellers.
The first step in our journey has been about showing the rich heritage, lush nature and toothsome cuisine of Goa by way of conducting bicycle trips. Join us in our adventure and help us spread the message not just in Goa but wherever you belong.
Leaving you with this food for thought: “Cycling has the power to transform. I dream and hope that in 20 or 50 years from now there could be more cities like Amsterdam, where cycling is so normal and accepted that we’re not really aware of it.” Anna Luten, First Bicycle Mayor of Amsterdam.