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Do it the way Colombia does it: make areas vehicle-free

The Millennium City can learn a lesson or two from Colombia when it comes to promoting cycling. Each Sunday, in Colombia’s capital Bogota, some stretches are blocked for cars so that pedestrians, cyclists and skaters can enjoy uninterrupted movement.

gurgaon Updated: Mar 11, 2013 00:58 IST
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The Millennium City can learn a lesson or two from Colombia when it comes to promoting cycling.

Each Sunday, in Colombia’s capital Bogota, some stretches are blocked for cars so that pedestrians, cyclists and skaters can enjoy uninterrupted movement. The event called Ciclovia, literally “bike path” in Spanish, draws more than 1.5 million people to walk, bike, skate and enjoy more than 70 miles of streets opened to people — and closed to automobile traffic — every week.

Likewise, in countries like Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and others too hold such events often.

Similarly, areas and stretches in Gurgaon, which are otherwise clogged with motor vehicles, can be turned into free walkways like they do worldwide.

Gurgaon hosted its own partial ‘Ciclovia’ event once last New Year’s eve.The Mall Mile on MG Road was made vehicle free from 9pm to 2am to make it a “walkers’ zone”.

Mall hoppers parked their vehicles at specially-created parking lots in Leisure Valley grounds in Sector 29 from where a shuttle bus service ferried them to MG Road.

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is presently mulling a proposal to convert the old city’s Sadar Bazaar into a vehicle-free zone.

The corporation’s long drawn plan is still to see the light of the day as an alternative space for parking around the area is yet to be finalised.

According to a Punjab and Haryana High Court direction, such markets are to be made vehicle-free zones and only electric rickshaws will be allowed to ferry shoppers and visitors.