To: Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi
Adopt a comprehensive Non-Motorized Transportation 'NMT' /Cycling policy or strategy for the city
Launch campaigns to promote cycling in the city (Eg. Car-free sundays, Cycle to work, Free cycle clinics, incentives etc.)
Create a statutory walking and cycling master-plan for the city.
Enact laws that safeguard the interests of pedestrians and cyclists by creating temporary cycle lanes along the entire road network in Delhi
Invest at least 50% of the city’s transportation budget towards building high quality walking and cycling infrastructure in the city
Why is this important?
In a survey conducted by CEED, 97% of survey takers In Delhi are willing to cycle to work but the study determined that absence of safe and convenient cycling lanes, poor air quality and unruly road traffic scare the citizens from taking up cycling.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the coronavirus pandemic.
In Delhi, the first attempt to develop bicycle tracks was made in the Bicycle Master Plan 1998, followed by a revised plan in 2008 drafted by TRIPP, IIT Delhi. However, city authorities have adopted none of these plans. UTTIPEC3 street design guidelines (2010) aim at ‘inclusive streets’, and yet millions of rupees are spent on constructing, expanding and maintaining roads and parking lots for motorised traffic. Given the social distancing-based low capacity of public transport and the resultant surge in motorised private trips, it is essential to champion NMT now.
Given the rising air pollution levels, Delhi needs to find solutions. Let us demand the Delhi government take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make Delhi cycling friendly.
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