The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has proposed a plan to construct an 8-km dedicated cycle track in the city. The track will begin at the HUDA City Centre Metro station and run along the one-way road through Galleria Market all the way to Golf Course Road.
The civic body is going through various designs to ensure that plan can be implemented with minimum burden on the treasury and without disruption in traffic. Officials said the construction of tracks is likely to being within a week.
“The dedicated cycle tracks will be painted in a colour different from the Motor Vehicle (MV) lanes so that it stands out”, an MCG official said. Officials have also been instructed to mark the lanes with cycle logos painted with retro-reflective paint and cat-eye lights.
According to the plan, the MCG will also to put up physical barriers, such as bollards, along with “only cycle track” signages at regular intervals.
Officials said each lane will be approximately 1.5 metre-wide and 4-km long. The project is likely to cost Rs 15 lakh.
“This is just a stepping stone to promote cycling in Gurgaon. Even though we don’t see too many cyclists on a daily basis in a city like Gurgaon, we are hopeful that these dedicated tracks will encourage people to take up cycling,” MCG Commissioner Praveen Kumar said.
The civic body is also planning to construct ‘cycle stations’ outside Metro stations in Gurgaon to encourage more people to use their bicycles.
Akashdeep Saxena, working for a media agency in Gurgaon, said, “It is a great initiative. Young adults are much more health conscious. A lot of time and money is spent in commuting. So cycling can help people stay healthy and also bring travel expenditure.”
The Raahgiri festival in Gurgaon, is another initiative taken up to promote ‘non-motorised’ activities in Gurgaon. Every Sunday, 4.5 kilometres are closed off to automobiles from 7.00 am to 12 pm, and freed up for cycling and other leisure activities.