Cycling enthusiasts in Bandra may have something to cheer about this November, as a dedicated cycling track is going to come up on Carter Road.
The traffic police have recently given its permission to a proposal mooted by local-corporator Asif Zakaria from the H/West ward (Bandra) for a 2.4-km dedicated cycling track on both sides of the promenade.
The track will be made available on a trial basis for a month, Zakaria said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the traffic police will observe the usage for the month before giving it a permanent approval.
According to the plan designed by an NGO Bandra Collective, the 2.5-meter wide track will run from the Otter’s Club to Café Coffee Day. As it is a pilot project, the BMC will place curb stones or bollards to separate the cycling track from the main road.
Zakaria had written a letter to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta in April when he received an in-principal nod from the civic body. “A dedicated cycling track has been a demand from many Bandra-ites. I got in touch with several organisations and architects who also supported the idea. There were considerations on parking but we will also be marking dedicated parking zones to avoid any hassles,” said the corporator.
Carter Road is a long scenic stretch running along the Arabian Sea. It also invites several residents and tourists owing to its scenic location. Residents said that the proposal would encourage citizens to adapt to a healthier lifestyle.
Darryl D’Monte, president of Bandra West Residents Association (BWRA), the organisation that maintains the promenade said that the project can be seen as an example that can be incorporated at several locations in the city.
“The project will also promote cycling as an example of adapting to a healthier lifestyle,” D’Monte said.
Once the project is on trial, citizens’ suggestions would be sought to improve the project, Zakaria added.