The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Wednesday commissioned the Rs 2.59-crore pilot project, in collaboration with the Department of Urban Land Transport (DULT).
The project, which aims to cover 56 junctions-- six signalled and 50 non-signalled-- will be thrown open for the public in three months. Adequate signages will be provided to help people pedal their way along the nearly 40-km stretch of roads across Jayanagar. Even the bylanes shall come under the project’s ambit.
The eco-friendly project, proposed by DULT and implemented by BBMP, is expected to be a major relief for Bangaloreans, as the City has lost its cycling space to rapid and unplanned development.
In addition to creating the bicycle lanes, the contractors, who have bagged the project, will have to provide sufficient parking space for cycles and put up signages at every junction.
According to BBMP and DULT, Jayanagar has been chosen for the pilot project as it hosts nearly 100 educational institutions and a sizeable population of the elderly people.
As cycles continue to be the most preferred mode of transportation among school and college students, Jayanagar was chosen for the pilot project, the sources in BBMP said.
The cycle lane will extend from Kanakanapalya Road to Marenahalli Road (South End) and Kanakapura Road to Bannerghatta Road.