Updated On: 26 July 2021 Dheeraj Nair
Cycling is one of the most eco-friendly and reliable means of transport however, the country lacks a Cycling infrastructure to benefit its users. Hence, we have put together few ideas and tips to improve cycling infrastructure in India. Give it a read!
Cycling is one of the most reliable and efficient means of travel that mankind depends on especially in India where more than 50 per cent of the total population makes practical and effective use of non-motorised means of transportation. The busy Indian roads have motors cars and bikes buzzing around along with bicycles that should actually be ridden on Cycle lanes but the lack of it makes every ride a risky ordeal.
Today, we discuss few ideas revolving around how India can improve its bicycle riding experience in terms of a safe venture out from the traffic and also how to encourage people to use a cycle for the benefit of its users and efficient traffic control.
The following are the different types of cycling infrastructure that can be implemented in India to get more people to utilize it:
Wider bicycle lanes: It is believed that people like riding on bigger roads as it is easy to manoeuvre and takes less toll on the body hence, wider bicycle lanes will attract the attention of more cyclists.
Bicycle rental systems/ docking stations: Firstly, affordable bicycle subscription systems which have the flexibility to be accessed by tourists and the general public at any point in time allows for better usage of bicycles in the country. In addition to this, the ability to cancel at any point by the subscribers will make it more appealing to the public.
Secondly, vehicles to transport cycles to whichever docking station that has all the bicycles out on ride can benefit and attract more users. Connectivity is the key to more users of bicycle rental/subscription systems.
Bicycle parking infrastructure: The availability of secure parking lots for bicycles where they can be locked and stored safely will encourage more users to confidently travel from one destination to another within the city. Cyclists often do not take their expensive bicycles out due to the lack of safe parking infrastructure in the city. This is one area to be improved by the government.
Traffic signalling for Bicycles: European countries have already established traffic signalling that prioritises cyclists. India can also take up such an initiative to fit traffic lights for cyclists, for them to easily cross roads and intersections without raising the risk of being hit by motor cars and bikes.
Schemes that prioritises cyclists:
1.Cycle Hire Schemes: As mentioned earlier, bicycle rental schemes can be implemented under which tourists or the general public can access cycles for short trips within the city at an affordable price.
2. "Car-Free days": Basically, the government can declare a particular day, perhaps Sunday as a "car-free day", wherein, no motor cars or bikes are allowed on streets for people to travel except for bicycles. The government could also implement a rule which allows only bicycles to pass through a particular street on a particular day.
3.Road safety education: As mentioned earlier, more than 50% of the population depend on non-motorised means of transport in India, however, they lack the knowledge of traffic rules meant for cyclists. An awareness program can be created with the help of local NGOs to spread knowledge on road safety for cyclists as well as users of motor vehicles. This will help both bicycle and motor vehicle users to ride and exist side-by-side on our roads.
4.Cycle to work scheme: The government could provide tax benefits for the employees who ride a bicycle to work. This is a sure way to increase bicycle users in the country.
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