The city’s is set to get its first cycle track.Weeks after Mumbai hosted a cyclothon at Bandra, cycles as a mode of transport got a boost.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will set up Mumbai’s first dedicated bicycle lane at the suburban business hub of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) allowing people to ride their environment friendly two wheelers.
“We are planning a dedicated bicycle track on the internal roads of BKC. The dedicated bicycle lane will initially be 0-12 km,” Joint Metropolitan Commissioner SVR Srinivas said.
These tracks are part of an overall plan of developing BKC into an integrated business hub. The MMRDA has also earmarked Rs 150 crore of its annual budget for the development of infrastructure in BKC.
Laying of the bicycle track will be part of the BKC infrastructure project improvement, said officials.
“The cycle tracks will be on the side of the roads adjacent to the footpath,” said an MMRDA official.
The bicycle tracks will be similar in size and width to the footpaths and will be only meant for cycle riders.
“It is imperative to add bicycle tracks when we are building infrastructure for BKC. A similar initiative a decade down the line will increase the cost by 10 times,” Srinivas added.
Bicycle enthusiasts have been demanding separate lanes for bicycles — 7 per cent of people ride bicycles in Mumbai while 8 to 9 per cent drive private four-wheelers.
Recently Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief Kripashankar Singh met MMRDA officials and demanded the setting up of bicycle tracks in Mumbai.