Cyclists hail Hyd’s cycling infra, but seek safer roads

HYDERABAD: Cyclists, para-cyclists and children from across the city pedalled to the picturesque Durgam Cheruvu on Sunday, making the Hyderabad Cycling Revolution event a grand success.
Cyclists came in from as far as Uppal, Ghatkesar and LB Nagar for the event. A total of 12 routes – the longest being the 26km-long Dundigal-Durgam Cheruvu route – were marked for the event.
“The city will add at least 80km of cycling tracks in the coming months. We want to make cycling a habit and also to introduce the ‘cycle to work’ concept in the city,” said Arvind Kumar, special chief secretary MAUD, at the event, which was organised by various cycling groups as gratitude towards the state government for introducing cycling infrastructure in Hyderabad.
“We will soon have cycling tracks in Kokapet Greenfield layout. We are also exploring if we could have a track around Gandipet lake, which will be 46-km long,” he said.
Recently, the government had announced the commencement of works for a 23-km long, 5-metre wide, three-lane bicycle track at ORR. Kumar said that more projects were being planned in the city.
Bicycle mayor of Hyderabad, Santhana Selvan, requested the city police for better enforcement of traffic rules to ensure safety of cyclists and pedestrians, who cycle for both leisure and work.
“We thank government because such an infrastructure does not exist anywhere else, and will be unique to Hyderabad. We also want to highlight the need for infrastructur that promote walking to distances within 1km, cycling for distances within 5km and use of public transport for commuting more than 5km,” Selvan said.

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