In 2016, Anil Kumar, a resident of Sarhaul village, was hit by a box truck while riding his bicycle on the Anath road in sector 18. He suffered minor injuries and attributed his luck to rainfall earlier in the day that softened the soil and reduced the chances of a broken bone or severe health complications.
Since then, he has attached an LED light reflector on his cycle. He claims that this has reduced the chances of being hit by another vehicle as they can spot his cycle at night.
“The road is not well-lit and there are a number of accidents on this stretch as it gets difficult for vehicles to spot cycles. It worsens during smog or fog and leads to at least four or five accidents on the stretch each year,” Anil said.
Figures from traffic police reflect Anil’s concern. In 2016, nearly four hundred people lost their lives in accidents across the city. Of these 181 – were pedestrians and 113 were motorcyclists or cyclists.
To ensure there is a dip in these figures, a private software company, Nagarro, is conducting a three-day survey for making roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
As per officials, owing to high fatalities in pedestrians and cyclists on Gurgaon roads, the survey assessed the footfall on the two-km Anath road on Friday and is formulating engineering changes to reduce accidents there.
In the other two days, the survey team will cover stretches on Dundahera and Old Delhi-Gurgaon road.
As per Nagarro officials, five volunteers, placed at entry and exit points on the road, counted 1,458 cyclists and 4,420 pedestrians using the road between 7.30am to 10am on Friday morning.
The road is situated besides numerous corporate companies and industries and hence, sees heavy volume of traffic, which includes trucks and carriers.
Officials alleged that the marginally-wide road gets narrowed owing to encroachments by the building parking lots or fenced gardens.
“The idea of this survey is to give a sense of the large numbers of people who cycle and walk into Udyog Vihar to work. Today we looked just at Anath Road and found a several thousand. There are no pedestrian or cycling facilities for these people. Companies have encroached on the footpaths with fenced gardens or parking. We request the authorities to remove these encroachments that are endangering pedestrian lives. We also request the police to tow vehicles parked on the roads that endanger the lives of cyclists,” Manas Fuloria, CEO of Nagarro said.