Joy of cycling set to return to City roads soon

Joy of cycling set to return to City roads soon

The Department of Urban Land Transport (DULT) will soon come up with segregated cycle corridors on the roads so as to provide safe passage for cyclists.

To start with, Jayanagar, HSR Layout and Yelahanka have been identified for implementing the cycle track project by DULT, along with other stakeholders, including BBMP.

Officials of the BBMP said that the Detailed Project Report is ready for implementing the project in HSR Layout and that Rs 13 crore has been earmarked for the 13.5-kilometre stretch.

On both sides

Manjula V, Commissioner, DULT, told reporters on Thursday, “The tracks will have a width of 1.5-2 metres. Depending on the width of the road, the track can be on both sides (for up and down movement of cyclists) or single side only.

There will be kerbs or a fence so that the track is for use only by cyclists.

The DULT had earlier toyed with the idea of cycle lanes in Jayanagar.

But, soon after, the space was encroached upon by people to park their cars and by vendors.

The commissioner said that along with the segregated corridors for cyclists, changes will be made accordingly on the road just before the traffic signals, so that there is smooth crossing for everyone on the road, with priority for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, cars and two-wheelers.

BBMP’s TenderSure, a similar project, is being implemented on 12 roads including MG Road, where the lane width is being reduced to two meters, so that there are separate lanes for cyclists and there is room for wide pavements.

Cycle Day

DULT, in association with YUVA (Yelahanka United Environment Association), a citizens’ activist group in Yelahanka, has planned to observe the first Sunday of every month (starting July 6) as Cycle Day.

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