The best cities to cycle in. (Unsplash/Max Bender) There are plenty of benefits of cycling. For starters, it’s a simple, affordable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation. That’s what the UN says. The World Health Organization goes on to add that “safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a pathway for achieving greater health equity.” During the pandemic, thousands of people in India turned to cycling when lockdowns and work-from-home routine made the traffic disappear from our roads. With all those restrictions gone, it’s back to business for most, including the rush hour, so we look at how accommodating some of our cities are to cycling enthusiasts.
Bengaluru: Admittedly most of the city is pretty much a construction zone, yet it remains one of the best cities in India to cycle in. There are two reasons for this, explains cycling coach S. Sriram, also the founder of Sprocket Science India, an on-demand doorstep bicycle servicing start-up. “The Garden City is blessed with good weather. It is one of the best in the country and that makes weather a silent ambassador for cycling. The other thing that makes Bengaluru a city conducive to cycling is its vibrant cycling community,” he says.
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However, he also admits that the city is going through a transition, and the only places one can cycle are in places that are away from metro construction. He suggests the outskirts […]