April 5, 2016
Apart from building huge expressways, Akhilesh Yadav led Uttar Pradesh government is set to come up with one of its kind, 190-Km-long Greenfield ‘Cycle-Highway’ between Agra and Lion Safari project in Etawah. Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department (UPPWD) has come up with an alignment of the highway that would be dedicated only for cycles.
With rising urbanization, many countries have come up with modern mobility solutions and moving around on two wheels proves time and again that it can offer great results. Investment in bicycle infrastructure is a modern and an intelligent move. Cycle tracks have gained a lot of importance in countries like Netherlands, France and Germany. There are more bicycles than residents in the Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike.
As developed nations have included cycling tracks in their road engineering and experienced a jam-free traffic movement, our chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav has decided to incorporate cycling tracks in future planning of new towns. Development of Agra as a ‘cycle friendly’ city and provision of various facilities under it would facilitate the tourists. A large number of domestic and international tourists come regularly to Agra and those coming from abroad give priority to cycles.
PWD Head of the Department, Arvind Kumar Gupta confirmed to Times of India (TOI) that the track, expected to be around seven feet wide, would run between Agra and Etawah. “It would not pass through any major town or high density traffic areas but would be restricted to the rural areas. It may, though, pass along some of the major roads as well,” he said.
The track is proposed to pass alongside Yamuna and Chambal. PWD feels that the track will not only help villagers but would also facilitate tourists, cyclists and environmentalists to get a chance to see gharials, dolphins and a wide variety of birds.
PWD has already constructed 103 km network of cycle track in five places in Lucknow – Kalidas Marg, Vikramaditya Marg, Lohia Path, Kursi Road and near La Martiniere College. The department is also engaged in construction of similar tracks in cities like Noida, Varanasi, Kanpur and Allahabad.
Uttar Hamara wishes its viewers happy cycling and wants to reach out to other benefits such as safety, ease and comfort, clean environment, health savings, longevity and quality of life by cycling.