GUNTUR: In a welcome move, Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) is gearing up to open two more cycling tracks in the city. GMC had already launched two cycling tracks and the decision to launch another two tracks will help the enthusiastic cyclists to pedal on the main roads.
Municipal Commissioner Nishant Kumar said that the decision to keep more and more main roads open for cyclists during the dedicated hours will help youth to hit the streets in the early hours and keep themselves fit.
Commissioner along with city mayor Kavati Manohar launched the second cycle track from Koritepadu to Siddartha Gardens on Vidyanagar road on Sunday. The road stretch would be kept open only for the cyclists from 5am to 7am on Sundays.
“We will ready more dedicated cycling tracks in the city as we wanted to encourage the youth to take active part in physical activities including cycling, walking, running and other sporting activities,” said Nishant Kumar. Initially, the facility would be opened on Sunday and make them fully operational for cyclists on all the weekdays in a phased manner.
Although, a few parks and stadiums were providing space for games and sports activities, cyclists have been complaining about provision of dedicated corridors for a long, said commissioner. He said that the Lakshmipuram main road and Koritepadu main road would be utilized as dedicated cycling tracks between 5am-7am. He said that they were also exploring other important roads for conversion into cycle tracks. He said that the walking tracks in sports arenas, play fields and parks would also be developed for the facility of the walkers.
Mayor Manohar said that urban SP had promised to make the cycle tracks as no traffic zones. He, however, appealed to people to voluntarily make the roads as cycle tracks during the dedicated hours. Diabetologist and cyclist Dr VV Ram Kumar, SE D Srinivas and other officials were present.