On November 19, 2011 to mark the black spot, Kathmandu Cycle City 2020- CCNN, made a graffiti of Ghost Bicycle at Balkhu where eminent conservation biologist and nature lover late Dr. Prahlad Yonzon lost his life in a bicycle accident, hit by a truck on October 31, 2011. Every time someone passing by that graffiti will be reminded that a great soul died in that spot in a bicycle accident.
On the evening of the same day, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm more than 100 cyclists joined in an “Evening Cycle Rally 2011” first of its kind in Nepal. The theme of this rally was “Get Visible”, especially at night. The organizers provided participants with reflectors and safety tips to abide by during night cycling. This overwhelming participation and support from cyclists have further proved the point for cycle safety and necessity of cycling infrastructures on the streets of Kathmandu which is not friendly enough for safe bicycle riding, whether at day or night. However, cycling at night is full of risks: our streets have no sufficient lights, full of potholes, there is no speed limit for riding and no lane segregation for motorized and non-motorized vehicles has been done. Since it was a compulsion for everyone to come with lights, mass of cyclist illuminated the streets throughout the route of rally.
At Balkhu, in the spot where Late. Dr. Yonzon’s accident occurred, one minute silence for peace of the departed soul was observed. Then, the rally went to Resources Himalayas, brainchild of Late Dr. Yonzon where everyone present paid an homage to him.
The organizers would like to thank Mr. Anil Uday for helping them with the graffiti making, Dr. Sameer Mani Dixit for his support and encouragement, Chepang Mountain Bike, Nepal Cycling Association, Nepal Cycling Association- Kavre chapter, Chain Bikes, Kathmandu Bike Station, Epic Mountain Bikes, and all the cycling clubs and enthusiasts who made this event successful.