Your bicycle will soon be a safer mode of transportation on busy city roads especially during the night. Capital registers an average of 100 deaths every year due to road accidents involving bicycles.
The Union government is now mulling over mandatory installation of retro-reflective tapes on specified parts of bicycles for better visibility during night hours. It is now awaiting technical clearance from Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS), which is likely to be achieved within a month.
"We have received a proposal on the issue of retro-reflective tapes vis-à-vis BIS standard which was sent by International Road Federation on the direction of the government. Our design department is looking into the technical aspects of it. We will submit our report within a month," said Paramjit Singh, chairman, BIS Committee (R&D Centre for bicycle and sewing machine).
According to the proposal, the tapes will be fixed to several bicycle parts-white tape on front lamp bracket, red tape on rear mud guard and yellow tape on seat stay and front fork.
The matter was discussed at length in a meeting held some time back in the ministry of commerce and industries, which was chaired by Anjali Prasad, joint secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).
"Government is keen to make use of reflective tapes in cycles mandatory. This matter has been discussed with cycle manufacturing majors and All India Cycle Manufacturers Association. We are now waiting for a technical clearance from BIS," said an official of DIPP. India is the second largest producer of bicycles in the world. Estimated bicycle population in India is about 180 million. Lakhs of urban poor people in Delhi commute by bicycles.
"One of the major reasons for accidents involving bicycle is poor visibility at night on busy city roads and highways," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).