In an effort to promote non-motorised transport, the police will soon send notices to hotels and clubs in Gurgaon to demarcate space for bicycle parking on their premises.
The decision was taken during a web seminar organised by World Resource Institute-India (WRI) and attended by the police, corporate firms and other stakeholder of the car-free day on Wednesday.
The city has 250 hotels and clubs but only a handful allow cyclists to enter their premises or have designated cycle stands.
A resident pointed out that clubs did not allow them to enter the premises on cycle.
“I rode my cycle to a club but I was halted at the gate and told that cycles were not allowed on the premises. I had an argument with the security guards for almost an hour after which they allowed me take my cycle in,” a resident said.
Gurgaon commissioner of police Navdeep Singh Virk said he was aware of the situation.
“We will ask all hotels and clubs in the city to support us and allow cycles on their premises. Riding a bike is no longer a scale for affluence and cycles are one of the most viable transport options in crowded cities,” Virk said.
A few hotels and clubs welcomed the initiative.
“We welcome the directive to allow bicycles on hotel premises. We already allow parking anyway. We need more participation in this initiative to make a real environment impact,” David Hopcroft, general manager of Le Meridien Gurgaon, said.
At the first live web seminar by WRI India, police heads from Gurgaon and Karnal shared their experiences of leading the car-free day. WRI’s urban planning expert Sarika Panda Bhatt and other corporate firm heads also participated in the conference.
The web seminar had over 150 participants from South Africa, China, Finland and United States.