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Cycle far and near

Courtesy :: HT Mumbai
Rajendra Alekar, Mumbai, April 12, 2008

The UK has a popular National Cycle Network. It offers over 19,200 km of walking and cycle routes; 75 per cent of the UK population now lives within 3.2 km of such routes. The network connects towns and villages, countryside and coast throughout the United Kingdom.


The planners of Navi Mumbai had built dedicated tracks for bicyclists, but as time passed hawkers took them over.

The Global Environment Facility of the United Nations this week approved a proposal to develop 89.6 km of bicycle tracks on roads connecting the Pune Municipal Corporation's Bus Rapid Transit System. The Global Environment Facility is an independent financial organisation that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit the global environment.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation plans exclusive bicycle tracks on the Bus Rapid Transit System route to be functional by 2009. The cycle tracks will be along the footpath and have a width of 2 to 2.5 metres on the Bus Rapid Transit System routes. The tracks will come up on both the first and second phase routes, wherever road dimensions permit.