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On a bicycle made for you!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Mumbai is getting bicycle friendly. At least on Sundays. On week days the traffic is a living nightmare and anyone on a cycle would be begging for a fatal date with fate.

However, Sundays are easier and gentler across the city and a new initiative is underway starting this coming Sunday. One lane on the entire 11 km stretch of road from NCPA to Worli is going to become a dedicated cycle track from 6 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Strange as it may seem, Mumbai has many cycling enthusiasts. Strange because the traffic is such a menace in this megapolis that anyone wanting to expose life and limb on a bicycle wheels strikes one as either very brave or very foolish.

But life on a bicycle is a way of life across most of rural India. It’s a cheap and eco friendly way of transportation. And it gives you a great workout.

In many cities across Europe, including London and Paris, bicycling is trendy and fun. Traffic is trained in such a way that cyclists are not threatened by tooting, big BEST buses, rash kaali-peeli and Uber/Ola cab drivers and rich brats in big cars or on superbikes, the way it happens in aamchi Mumbai as a matter of course.

However, Mumbai is making an effort to turn a new leaf and offer some solace to cyclists. Let’s hope the Sunday cycling track is a success and more people spend their Sunday mornings out in the open, peddling away happily on two wheels, with the sea breeze in their hair and winter in the air!

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