HYDERABAD: While the motor vehicles get the highest priority on the roads of Hyderabad, pedestrians have foot over-bridges, zebra crossing footpaths for themselves, even though they are in an abysmal state.
With that being said, it is safe to conclude that bicyclists are the most neglected section of the commuters today.
The Energy and Research Institute of India (TERI) has conducted a study called ‘Pedaling Towards a Greener Hyderabad’ and compiled a report promoting the use of cycles in the country, which says that the total cycle ownership in the city till 2011 is 26 percent, which decreased from a decent 39 percent in 2001. The bicycle ownership in the city today has further gone down drastically, with bad roads urging commuters to opt for an alternate means of transport.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) conducted a comprehensive transportation study on the improvements that can be made in the city for a better commute.
The report, compiled in 2013, proposed separate cycle tracks for different areas in the city as well as TOUCAN (Two Groups Can Cross) signals, a facility dedicated exclusively to the pedestrians and bicycles in the city. Almost an year after that and nothing has been implemented so far.
“Gone are the days when cycling was a medium of transport,” said Sudheer, a software professional. “Even if we want to commute by roads, we do not have proper infrastructure to accommodate the cycles,” he explained.
Sudha, a house wife, expressed deep concern over the anxiety she goes through every time her 10-year-old son Shashank goes out to cycle.
“Although it is healthier to go out and play rather than spend time at home playing video games, we still do not feel send him out,” she said.
The statistics from the Hyderabad Traffic Police website indicate that the number of reported accidents of cyclists, both fatal and non fatal, till August 31st 2014 are 28.