Bengaluru: The city once known for its beauty and its gardens is now known for its impenetrable traffic jams due to metro work and the rise in the number of private vehicles. Is Bengaluru ready to accommodate cyclists on its congested and narrow roads?

Reports state that Bengaluru’s whitetopped roads will accommodate bicycle tracks ensuring hassle-free commute for the city’s cyclists. These bicycle tracks will be in addition to the 120km of bicycle lanes being developed under the public bicycle sharing system. If the government introduces bicycle tracks, they will also have to build docks and specific parking spaces for bicycles.

Be it to work or for leisure, these tracks will only be reserved for bicycles to ensure safety of the cyclists.

Earlier, reports suggested that more Bengalureans were taking to bicycles as a mode of transport, keeping its health benefits in mind, and also in a conscious effort to reduce air pollution. This was when bicycle renting companies also came into force. But with the bad condition of roads and the attitude of the motorists in the city, the enthusiasm among the cyclists diminished considerably, leading to the closure of a few of these companies.

People mainly state two excuses when asked about their reason for not cycling. One pertains to health and the other pertains to safety. Health-related issues are personal whereas the safety issues can be tackled by proper government initiatives.

Amidst all the issues faced by cyclists on roads, hundreds of residents in the city came out riding bicycles on streets on the eve of World Bicycle Day. From kids to elders, people of all age groups cycled their way through the streets. Cyclists were seen riding at Kitturu Rani Chennamma grounds and at Jayanagar locality in Bengaluru.