The government is planning to construct elevated cycle tracks in the capital and may begin the project in south Delhi. PWD minister Satyendar Jain had earlier said he wanted to construct cycle tracks so safe that parents would be comfortable letting a Class V student ride on it. On Monday, he said the elevated cycle track, presently at the design stage, would be safe for riders from eight years to 80.
“Elevated cycle tracks have not been built anywhere. I have researched online and found that some countries in Europe had proposed constructing elevated cycle tracks on trial but they have not been built anywhere. That is why we are looking at various designs being prepared by consultants. As of now, designs have been prepared for three different routes in south Delhi,” said Jain.
Satyendar Jain said the elevated tracks will be built on level with the Delhi Metro. It is aimed at encouraging people to cycle and will also provide an alternative for last-mile connectivity.
“We will also provide bicycles free of cost at one end of the track which will have to be deposited at the other end after use,” said Jain.
He added that the proposed length of the track will be 10 to 12 km and it will be about 20 feet wide. The track will have a roof with solar panels that will protect riders from sun and rain. It is proposed to be open from
5 am to 8 pm and will also be monitored through CCTV cameras, he said. “We will also make it attractive for tourists. There will be stations where they can stop and enjoy the view,” said Jain.
The designs involve the tracks cutting through parks in south Delhi. Jain said, “We have separated roads and parks and we have built fences and locked up the parks. Why can’t a road leading to your house cut through a park?”