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Activists cite netas, cops on green transport, urge cycling ban lift

Activists cite netas, cops on green transport, urge cycling ban lift

Kolkata: Over the last few days, environmentalists and bicycle enthusiasts found non-motorised-transport champions in Trinamool MPs who rode bicycles to Parliament, in the police commissioner…

Wednesday, Jul 21

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Kolkata: Over the last few days, environmentalists and bicycle enthusiasts found non-motorised-transport champions in Trinamool MPs who rode bicycles to Parliament, in the police commissioner who bicycled around Maidan to check out the law-and-order situation and in CM Mamata Banerjee, who rode pillion on an e-scooter to reach the secretariat. They have now written to commissioner Soumen Mitra to amend the ban on bicycling on city roads that was imposed at the fag end of the Left regime.
According to them, cities around the world are increasingly shifting to non-motorized modes of travel. “Many cities around the world, like London, Berlin, Milan, Paris, and closer to home Bengaluru, Chennai, and Pune, have started giving tremendous importance to cycling as not just a sustainable shift in mobility planning but also as a way of life,” said Vinay Jaju of Bengal CAN (Clean Air Network), who feels his city is choking with noxious fumes from motorized vehicles.
“We have written to the CP with an appeal to lift the ban and help implementing a cycle-safe infrastructure. We have addressed the issues inhibiting them from having a cycle track in and around the city. This is why we consulted a wide range of mobility experts who were in favour of keeping cycling at the centre of the mobility plan for Kolkata. Each city in India and across the world with limited road space has found solutions and is setting up cycle lanes, sensitising cyclists and getting more people to ride […]

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