Track Cycling

Wheels set in motion for Gurugram’s first cycling track, launch likely on October 2 – Times of India

GURUGRAM: The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has started developing the city’s first cycling track, days after a TOI report highlighted how the agency had lost an opportunity to rebuild its mobility infrastructure during the lockdown months, when traffic was thin.
The 9.5km track is being developed between Huda City Centre and Subhash Chowk. It will be built on the service lanes on either side of Netaji Subhash Marg and will be 5m wide.

Senior GMDA officials said that work on developing the service lanes had already been initiated. Officials are hopeful of launching the track on October 2, if all goes according to the plan. “We will first upgrade the service lanes and then develop the track on them. This way, the footpaths will also be repaired,” a GMDA official said.
The track, which GMDA is building along with Hero Cycles, will cost Rs 30 lakh. The development agency will spend Rs 10 lakh on the project while the remaining amount will be borne by the cycle maker.
However, this is not the first time that a government agency has embarked on a project to develop cycle tracks in the city. Most projects have failed to see the light of day and the incomplete tracks have only given way to unauthorised parking by auto-rickshaws and cars.
Officials ruled out such concerns, insisting that the project would not meet the same fate this time. Cyclist Sarika Panda, who is also involved with the project, said the track would have entry and exit points at regular intervals to allow cyclists to get onto the main road if needed.
“The stretch under consideration has traffic signals on all major intersections. So, crossing the road will not be an issue for the cyclists anymore,” she added.
According to Panda, the intersections will also be redesigned to facilitate easy movement. This will be done for all junctions between Huda City Centre and Subhash Chowk, except Bakhtawar Chowk, which will be taken up later.
GMDA will put up signboards at regular intervals, listing the dos and don’ts. Anyone found breaking the norms will be issued fines. “Any vehicle other than a cycle that enters the track will be liable for a fine,” the official said. If the project is a success, it would be implemented along other important roads of the city, he added.
The need for cycling tracks was felt all the more in the aftermath of the pandemic, which has drastically changed the way people travel to work. City residents wary of public transport are increasingly choosing the cycle to travel, which has increased sales of the two-wheeler.
GMDA chief VS Kundu had earlier agreed that the development agency had missed a chance to build cycle tracks during the lockdown, attributing it to lack of labourers.
Meanwhile, Gurugram has also expressed interest in taking up public cycling projects. A total of 95 cities have registered themselves to compete with each other for Cycles4Change, an annual competition by the Centre.