Track Cycling

Selected stretches to turn into cycling track for 75 hrs – Times of India

Thiruvananthapuram: Commemorating 75 years of Independence, designated stretches in the city will be converted into cycling corridors for 75 hours from October 1 to 3. The initiative is also implemented as part of taking the first step towards earmarking areas exclusively for cycling under the smart city project. Besides, initiatives will be launched in 75 urban public spaces in the city as part of the event.
Thiruvananthapuram is one among the smart cities taking part in ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, an initiative of the union government as part of celebrating 75 years of Independence. The ministry of housing and urban affairs has directed that the cities may undertake a 75 hour urban transformation mission as part of reimagining public spaces in smart cities.
“We are identifying 75 spots in the city which will assume a new look in 75 hours. Besides, an exclusive cycling track will be launched as part of the event. These will be pilot initiatives and based on feasibility, we will undertake activities to sustain the good initiatives,” said Vinay Goel, CEO, smart city Thiruvananthapuram limited.
It is planning to convert the corridor from the corporation main office – Vellayambalam – Kowdiar – Pattom – PMG and back to the corporation main office (seven km stretch) for conducting events like marathons and cycling events. It is being planned as a loop and will cover a distance of seven kilometres.
Plans are also afoot to engage college students on a competitive mode to identify and transform 75 urban public spaces with quick, cost-effective solutions. The idea is to recreate urban public spaces through place making initiatives towards turning it environment and pedestrian friendly.
College students can identify locations within the city limits and pitch designs for urban transformation. The change could be temporary or semi-permanent. There shall be minimal need for digging, excavation or any activities that would affect the utility cables.
According to the project officials, the design intervention should ideally aim to offer a good solution to the needs of the poor and marginalized neighbourhoods and vendors. The proposals will be screened and vetted by the nodal person from each chosen college.
The district development committee had discussed the proposal for a cycle corridor in 2018.
The project aimed at developing Pipeline road from city to Aruvikkara as an exclusive cycle track and walkway. Pipeline road was an unpaved road laid by KWA to lay the huge transmission pipeline in 1933 which connects Vellayambalam to Aruvikkara.
The cycle track was planned on the 12 km stretch from Peroorkada to Aruvikkara exempting several intersections in the stretch from Vellayambalam to Peroorkada. However, the KWA had expressed concerns regarding the implementation of the project.
The corporation had also conceived a similar project and it was decided that the district panchayat and corporation would execute the scheme together. The civic body had even included budget allocation for the scheme.