With an aim to encourage residents to ride bicycles only on the dedicated cycle tracks constructed along the city roads, the Noida authority has decided to make the tracks user-friendly by colouring them with thick red epoxy paint.
The authority has built cycle tracks that span more than 25 kilometres in length across the city. However, most of these tracks are still unused because they are encroached upon, poorly maintained, filled with dirt and not user-friendly.
In April 2015, the Uttar Pradesh government had announced its decision to build 50km cycle tracks in the city with an aim to promote non-motorised (green) transport in Noida. Akhilesh Yadav, the UP chief minister, had directed the Noida officials to implement the plan on priority basis.
“We are using epoxy paints that has excellent durability, good adhesion, and chemical and wear resistance, as observed in Netherlands and other countries. After rains, the tracks look beautiful, clean and cyclists love to use it. Cycle tracks in many countries have been painted green and red colours. The paint is thick and it makes riding smoother as well,” AK Goel, chief engineer of Noida authority, said.
The CM had announced the plan to develop cycle tracks in Lucknow, Agra and Noida.
The chief engineer of the Noida authority said that around 25 kilometres of the 50 kilometres have been built and the rest is in progress.
“We have built and remodelled cycle tracks in various areas -- 10 km in Sector 62, 3 km on Master Plan (MP) 1 road, 4 km in Sector 128 and 8 km in Sector 57. Now, the cycle tracks are being developed in sectors 96, 132 and between Sector 78 and Sector 100,” the chief engineer said.
“A large number of students, labourers and factory workers use bicycles to commute within the city and the tracks have been built to provide them safe passages and also to promote non-motorised transport system,” Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Noida authority, said.
Officials said the authority will also install traffic signals at intersections to make cycling safer.