Cycling in the city may see a comeback

DULT trying to make city safe for cyclists and pedestrian

Garima Dhawan

Bicycle lanes

Bangalore, November 21, 2017:After the failure of the Jayanagar cycle lanes DULT (Directorate Urban Land Transport) is looking at introducing cycling lanes in Basavangudi, J P Nagar and BTM Layout. They believe that this time they are better prepared with new plans.

DULT and the Ride – A – Cycle Foundation (RACF) came up with the project, “Bicycle Friendly Streets”. The streets have been divided into two categories- most suitable and moderately suitable for bicycles.

After the experiences from Jayanagar, a comprehensive cycle network has been identified with dedicated, shared and safe cycling tracks. DULT has released funds of Rs. 3.45 crore to BBMP to create cycling tracks at HSR Layout

Mr. Anirban, Urban Developer said “The lanes which were made for cyclists were not properly segregated so the lanes sometimes got mixed and the planning has been going on for a long time.”

N. Murali Krishna, Special Officer for DULT said “The study was to identify important junctions in Jayanagar and make them safe for cyclists and pedestrians. As a part of this study, around 40 odd junctions in Jayanagar were identified.

This study did not propose any bicycle lanes or dedicated tracks and was not implemented as planned. The plan, however did not work out because the people did not use the lane for cycling.

DULT is looking for ways to make the lanes safe for cyclers and pedestrians by creating a public bicycle sharing system where cycles will be available at parking hubs every 250-300 m away. The areas taken up for the first phase are, Central Business District (MG Road, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, etc.) HSR Layout, Indiranagar, Koramangala, HBR Layout, HRBR Layout, Kanchenahalli. DULT is also trying to build empathy and create awareness by conducting Cycle Day in various neighborhoods in Bangalore.

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