Speeding vehicles, traffic biggest barriers: Chennai cyclists

CYCLING PREFERENCES SURVEY

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With dedicated focus to create better infrastructure, more people could embrace cycling in Chennai. Pic: Felix John

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) and Chennai Smart City Limited (CSCL) conducted a ‘cycling preferences survey’ with an aim to understand the challenges faced by cyclists, improve the roads and make them cycle-friendly and promote cycling. It was done as part of the Cycles4Change Challenge, an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, to inspire and support Indian cities to quickly implement cycling-friendly initiatives in response to COVID-19.

A total of 1968 participants took part in the survey. Here are the results:

Interestingly, the Greater Chennai Traffic Police Police (GCTP) experimented with a Dedicated Bicycle Lane (DBL) on Kamarajar Salai on October 28th with help of cones and barriers. Kannan Nagarajan, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Greater Chennai Police, tweeted that the lane would be formalised in the early morning hours (non-peak hours) if there are more users.

(Inputs and graphics sourced from CSCL.)

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