The merits of cycling greatly outweigh the setbacks of cycling in the city, yet cyclists are massively outnumbered by drivers. We reached out to avid cyclists to understand exactly how viable the idea of cycling to work in Dhaka city is
People with hectic schedules would not require a gym subscription if they chose to cycle their daily commute. Photo: Noor-A-Alam Seuty Sabur, a professor of Economics and Social Science at Brac University, loves to cycle. Whenever she can, she goes on bicycle tours or rides her bicycle in the city. And she would love to cycle to work too. However, a treacherous ‘but’ bars her from doing so.
"I actually plan to take the bicycle to work but the roads where l live are broken to the point that it hurts me physically to ride through," said Sabur.
Dhaka’s gridlocked bumpy roads are not ideal for bicycles per se. However, in general, a person can ride the bicycle at an average speed of 10-15 km per hour compared to the mere 5 kph at which motorised vehicles are able to move on Dhaka’s roads.
One could deduce that bicycles would be a faster mode of transport for Dhaka dwellers. Perhaps even more reason for everyone, especially job holders, to take up cycling. But factors – some beyond just poor road infrastructure – make cycling a more challenging feat than it should be.
However, there still remain Dhaka city residents who frequently cycle through obstacles to work. And if things improved, […]