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Chandigarh | 10% parking space, boxes at signals: Draft policy puts cyclists first

Chandigarh | 10% parking space, boxes at signals: Draft policy puts cyclists first

Provision for cycle boxes at all traffic signals, 10% dedicated parking space in buildings, and a large number of bays are some of the stand-out…

Sunday, May 29

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Provision for cycle boxes at all traffic signals, 10% dedicated parking space in buildings, and a large number of bays are some of the stand-out features of Chandigarh Smart City Ltd’s draft Cycling Policy, which prioritises cyclists in traffic management schemes.

The policy hopes to push cycling as a preferred alternative to driving for sustainable urban travel. Officials will take up the draft policy with different stakeholders on Monday.

Provision of a large number of cycle bays will be made at every station and parking lot, much more than those for cars.The building by-laws will stipulate 10% parking space for cycles, as per the draft policy.

It recommends earmarking cycle boxes at all signals, allowing only cycles to pass for four seconds at the beginning of each green signal, which will allow cyclist to cross junctions safely.

Planning the cycle network

The draft policy states that the cycle network must be planned as per the road hierarchy of arterial roads, sub- arterial roads and distributaries. The street design, signals and laws should be more “more intuitive and responsive” for cyclists. It also suggests setting up table-top crossings at junctions and roundabouts along with signalised intersections for cyclists.

“Lane reduction on Jan Marg and Himalaya Marg should be tested to analyse the effect on traffic volume. Services such as air pumps and fountains along bicycle tracks, buddy apps and weather reports can be provided,” the polict states.Traffic integration“The cycle tracks and lanes should be easily integrate with different modes of public transport for better […]

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