Pro-bicycle campaign enters next stage

Pro-bicycle campaign enters next stage

The Department of Urban Land Transport is all set to take its campaign ‘Feel Bengaluru Cycle Day’ to the next level. This time the campaign will be extended to Jayanagar as well.

As a result, Jayanagar 10th Main Road will be blocked between 8 am and 11am on Sunday, where a series of activities are due to take place. In addition, a small rally will also be held. Due to start at the Shalini Chandragupta Ground, it is scheduled to go via RV Road, Ashoka Pillar, Aurobindo Marg, before returning to Shalini Ground.

The idea behind the campaign is to promote the use of bicycles for short distances and to sensitise residents towards cyclists in the City.

The initiative also hopes to encourage cycling in Jayanagar, even though there have been few takers for the cycling lanes introduced with much fanfare earlier this year.

The Department of Urban Land Transport (DULT) will provide about 250-300 cycles on Sunday and expects a big crowd.

DULT Commissioner V Manjula said, “More than 1,000-1,500 people participated in the first two events conducted in October and November at Cubbon Park, prompting us to make the event bigger,” she said and added that the next two occasions of this monthly event will happen in Jayanagar.

An unspecified location is to serve as the venue for the fourth event. The department has planned to observe “Cycle Day” on the last Sunday of every month.

Other bicycling lanes

Despite the failure of cycling lanes in Jayanagar, DULT has already completed a detailed project report on introducing dedicated cycling lanes in Madiwala.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will implement the project, sources said.
Manjula said that the agency has also completed a project report for such lanes in HSR layout, even where 50 per cent of costs will be paid by DULT. Feasibility studies have been completed at RMV Extension, Koramangala and RT Nagar.

“Even MG Road is expected to have a dedicated cycling lane, to be implemented under the BBMP’s TenderSURE projects,” Manjula said, but quickly added that it is not certain if such a step will be in the first phase of TenderSURE.

The campaign is an initiative by the DULT, in association with civic groups, cycling communities, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited and other government agencies.

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