Ms. Aswathy Dilip, Senior Programme Manager of India Programme of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), led the session by welcoming the speakers, panellists and participants. The session began with a special message on the occasion of World Bicycling Day from Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs (MoHUA). The minister’s speech was followed by opening remarks by Mr. Kunal Kumar IAS, Joint-Secretary, Smart Cities Mission (SCM), MoHUA.
The three presentations that followed were by: Ms. Aswathy Dilip on ‘Embracing a cycling transformation’; Ms. Antonella Bruzzese, City Councilor for urban planning, green and public space, District 3 - Milan, on ‘The Milan Cycling Initiatives’; and Mr. Sathya Sankaran, Bicycle Mayor Bengaluru on ‘The BYCS journey across the world’. The final session was a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Ms. Aswathy Dilip with, Mr. Praveen Pardeshi IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Maharashtra Urban Development Department, Mr. Bhaskar Rao IPS, Commissioner, Bengaluru City Police, Ms. Swati Khanna, Senior Sector Specialist, Urban Development and Mobility KFW, Ms. Antonella Bruzzese and Mr. Sathya Sankaran as panellists