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 February 25, 2016

Once you start cycling, the benefits of health, contentment and confidence come naturally says Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Cycle tracks in Uttar Pradesh are being emerged, as Uttar Pradesh government wants to make different cities of Uttar Pradesh bicycle-friendly. Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh is going to have the country’s largest cycle track network — of about 270 km, by 2016. Of the entire 270-km-long network, running across various parts of the city, a 35-km-stretch costing Rs 31 crore has already been constructed while another 31 km, costing Rs 34 crore, is under construction. Completing the network will be the project covering the 204-km-long stretch, about which the state’s Public Works Department (PWD) has been informed.

V K Singh, Chief engineer of PWD central zone, when asked about the utility of cycle track, the official who is in charge of the project said, “With Lucknow coming on a par with cities like Delhi on pollution parameters and the national capital already talking about pollution control and restraining use of vehicles, it would not be long before Lucknow to adopt measures to ensure clean air for its residents.”

This cycle-track network would cover places such as Telibag, Bangla Bazaar, Bakshi Ka Talab on Sitapur road, Madiaon, Vikas Nagar, Khurram Nagar, Kursi Road, Nirala Nagar, Aliganj and Kapoorthala to reach Chinhat and Gomti Nagar areas with various parking lots running in between.

“Cycling is pollution free, it improves health and is also a less expensive mode of transportation and so there is a need to motivate people to resort to it”, said Sanjeev Saran, Principal Secretary (Industrial Development) Uttar Pradesh.

By providing space for cycling UP government wants Uttar Pradesh to be known for Cycle Tracks and Lucknow as the Cycle City, as it brings simplicity of moving around and healthy lifestyles.

The UP Cycling Association (UPCA) has expressed happiness on the development. We thank the CM for his concern and on the behalf of the players, I would like to promise that we will deliver up to the expectations of the people of the state,” UPCA general secretary GC Rastogi said.

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