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Hyderabad roads not cycle-friendly

Hyderabad roads not cycle-friendly
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The Energy and Research Institute of India (TERI) conducted a study called ‘Pedaling Towards a Greener Hyderabad’ and compiled a report promoting the use of cycles in the country.

The Energy and Research Institute of India (TERI) conducted a study called ‘Pedaling Towards a Greener Hyderabad’ and compiled a report promoting the use of cycles in the country. The report says that the total cycle ownership in the city till 2011 was 26 per cent, which decreased from a decent 39 per cent in 2001. The bicycle ownership in the city has gone down drastically, with bad roads urging commuters to opt for an alternate means of transport.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) conducted a comprehensive transportation study on the improvements that can be made in the city for better commutation. The report, compiled in 2013, proposed separate cycle tracks for different areas in the city as well as TOUCAN (Two Groups Can Cross) signals, a facility dedicated exclusively to the pedestrians and bicycles in the city. Almost a year later, nothing has been implemented so far.

“Gone are the days, when cycling was a medium of transport,” said Sudheer, a software professional. “Even if we want to cycle, we do not have proper infrastructure to accommodate them,” he explained.

Sudha, a house wife, expressed deep concern over the anxiety she goes through every time her 10-year-old son Shashank goes out to cycle.

“Although it is healthier to go out and play rather than spend time at home playing video games, we still do not feel it safe to send him out,” she said.

The statistics from the Hyderabad Traffic Police website indicate that the number of reported accidents of cyclists, both fatal and non fatal, till August 31, 2014, were 28.

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