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‘Non-motorised vehicles should be encouraged’

The non-motorised transport policy promotes walking and cycling as a priority for mobility.

Chandigarh | Published: July 11, 2014 2:39:38 pm

Emphassising on the need to renew efforts towards developing an environmentally sound and energy efficient transport planning system, urban planners and transport professionals from Delhi met at a workshop organised by the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF) in the city on Thursday.

With more focus on the revised National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP), the planners discussed the policies, planning and design guidelines for the non-motorised vehicles in the city. According to the surveys conducted by students of IIT-Delhi, pedestrians and the bicyclists have to suffer due to lack of street policies and road safety programmes.

Dr Geetam Tiwari, Professor, IIT-Delhi, said that the non-motorised transport policy guides the state government departments to promote walking and cycling as a priority for mobility. “The policy provides wide range of  interventions to address the needs of captive users as well as non-motorised transport (NMT) users. Thus, the city administration should maintain the surfaces for the use of NMT.”

She added that some cities have already dedicated cycle tracks but bicyclists prefer riding on the main carriage as the administration does not bother to maintain those tracks at par with the streets.

Ruchi Verma, urban planner at SG Architects talked about the planning required for the NMT policy. Suggesting ways to keep the cycle tracks attractive, Verma suggested that all cycle tracks should have sign posts.

Second, the lightning should be adequate else no bicyclist would enter the deserted corridor. Third, there should be markings on all tracks and parking facilities for the cycle rickshaws and the bicycles.

Professor Verma informed that as per the Motor Vehicles Act, any vehicle leading to unsafe conditions for pedestrians could be penalised. “Hence, any vehicle being parked on the cycle tracks should never be allowed,” she added.

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