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No rights, no dignity, no safety for Delhi cyclists, only the “tyranny of motorists”

No rights, no dignity, no safety for Delhi cyclists, only the “tyranny of motorists”

“The roads are very bad and there are no separate cycle tracks but we need to cycle to earn our livelihood,” says Satnam Singh, who…

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“The roads are very bad and there are no separate cycle tracks but we need to cycle to earn our livelihood,” says Satnam Singh, who has been selling incense sticks and other pooja items from his cycle for the last 20 years. Pic Sri Krishna The Delhi administration is finally realising the usefulness of the humble cycle. Not only as a much needed commute alternative, but also as a tool to combat Delhi’s perennial poor air quality.

Recently, vendors, factory workers, daily wage labourers and other workers who cycle daily to work joined forces to urge the Delhi government to fast track moves to create safe cycling infrastructure and dedicated cycle lanes.

The Delhi government reacted by saying it will develop dedicated cycle tracks across the national capital, especially on stretches that are most used by cyclists.

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“The roads are very bad and there are no separate cycle tracks but we need to cycle to earn our livelihood,” said Satnam Singh, who has been selling incense sticks and other pooja items from his cycle for the last 20 years.

With about 10 million vehicles jostling for space on the roads, on an average two cyclists lose their lives every week, according to a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Many cyclists prefer to travel in groups to fight what they call the “tyranny of motorists”, and demand their share of road space. It is not unusual to see […]

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