All major roads in Gurgaon will get cycle tracks in the next three years, municipal commissioner Vikas Gupta said during car-free day on Tuesday.
Work on some stretches in Old Gurgaon, such as Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, has already begun, he said. The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is likely to start more initiatives through private-public partnership to improve public transport in the city, Gupta said.
“We are working on different levels to improve non-motorised and public transport facilities in Gurgaon. We also plan to lay cycle tracks in the next three years. Besides, a detailed plan for the city bus service has also been submitted to the Haryana government. We expect the government to approve it in the next couple of weeks,” Gupta said.
However, urban planning experts and residents hope that the cycle tracks are safe for cyclists and do not turn into parking lots. The pilot cycle tracks in Sushant Lok along the Raahgiri route have been unsuccessful as for the same reasons. In the absence of any form of physical segregation, the tracks are used for roadside parking.
“Cyclists also have a right of way which has not been provided in Gurgaon yet. If cycle tracks are constructed, they can be made safe by separating them from motor vehicle lanes using Jersey barriers,” Sanjeev Saxena, a resident of Sector 45, said.
Meanwhile, the Gurgaon traffic police have decided to make a new corridor car-free every weekday by practising zero tolerance towards on-street parking.
“A new corridor will be added to the existing four car-free corridors. The police will not allow on-street parking on the new corridors,” Navdeep Singh Virk, Gurgaon police commissioner, said.