Citizens will soon be able to use a dedicated cycle track on Cubbon Road by November, said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials.
The Palike had started work on the Rs 3.5 crore project in February this year and about 700m of the footpath and 400m of the cycle track have been completed since then.
“The track will start at Minsk Square and end at Manipal Centre. However, only 700m will be a dedicated cycling track, with the remaining 1.3km functioning both as a pavement and cycle track,” said Praveen Lingaiah, executive engineer, traffic engineer cell, adding that the track is likely to be completed by the end of October.
Bengaluru’s cycle mayor Satya Shankaran, however, argued that a cycle track that’s not connected to a network of similar tracks means nothing to a commuter.
“A 2km track in the middle of nowhere will not be of much help. To be successful, the track should be part of a larger network. Why is the Palike starting work in new areas when the projects in Madiwala and HSR Layout are far from complete? HSR Layout has one of the highest cycling rates in the city, yet the track that was sanctioned years ago is yet to come up,” he said. However, according to Lingaiah, the Cubbon Road stretch will be connected to a larger network. “We are coordinating with the department of urban land transport (DULT) to set up 80km cycle track network in the city. While this is a separate project, this track can connect to that,” he said.
In HSR Layout, work on the Rs 18 crore, 7.9km-long track is progressing at a slow pace. Having developed the footpath, the Palike is planning on beginning work on the dedicated cycle track next month. In a step towards a more bicycle-friendly city, the BBMP council approved DULT’s public bicycle-sharing project at last month’s council meeting. Executed by both authorities, the appbased dockless bicycle rental service will be available at seven Metro stations, and more than 5,000 bicycles will be rolled out across the city in the first phase.