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Special drive for safety of cyclists to begin next week: Police

A day after director general of Centre for Science and Environment Sunita Narain was hit by a car while she was cycling,police announced a drive to put in place safety measures for cyclists.

A day after director general of Centre for Science and Environment Sunita Narain was hit by a car while she was cycling,police announced a drive to put in place safety measures for cyclists.

However,police said the drive had been planned earlier and was not a response to the accident on Sunday morning. According to police,the plans were kept under wraps because the focus was on pedestrians who were more vulnerable on the roads than the cyclists.

While the number of accidents involving cyclists has dipped from last year,Additional Commissioner of Police (traffic) Anil Shukla said a large number of cyclists had got killed by heavy vehicles.

He said the cycle lanes in the city were mostly non-functional,with trees and poles obstructing the paths. As a result,Shukla said cyclists were forced to ride on main carriageways.

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As a part of their initiative,traffic police will provide reflector stickers for bicycles at various junctions across the capital. Police will also rope in volunteers for the drive that is expected to begin next week.

“The riders can take reflector stickers for their rear mud guards which,will make their bicycles visible. The stickers will be provided to riders free of cost on junctions where density of cyclists is the highest,” police said.