Lack of bounded paths and twin apathy | Delhi News

New Delhi: V. Venkatesh has cycled his whole life, but he feels that riding in the city has become risky due to both the lack of marked cycle paths and the apathy of motorists. Venkatesh recalled a near-death experience in Dwarka about a year ago. He saw broken bottles of alcohol in this path and trying to avoid them, he was almost run over by a truck that was traveling too fast. And it was at 6am, when the road didn’t have the usual heavy traffic.
“It was not an isolated case,” the 49-year-old said. “Last Saturday, as I was turning around on my way home, a car jumped a red light. I froze on the road. The driver fortunately realized my presence on the road and avoided an accident. Venkatesh, co-founder of Dwarka Cycling Club, added: “Unlike Western countries, there is no provision in India for a criminal fine on vehicles that do not allow cyclists to pass.”
After the death of 26-year-old Kunwar Arora in an accident on the Sardar Patel Marg on Thursday, cyclists in the city have expressed their displeasure at the lack of safe transit for them on Delhi’s roads. Last Diwali, businessman Kanwar Deep Juneja broke his tailbone and left rib after being hit by a truck. “While I was cycling on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway around 7am, a truck passed me, forced me to the left of the road and the back of the truck hit me,” said Juneja, a member of the Delhi Cyclists Group. “After I fell and injured myself, workers and a cyclist came to pick me up and called a taxi to take me to the hospital,”
Juneja, who rides around 400 km on her bike every month, was again clean shaven when a car hit her left pedal. “The problem in India is that motorists don’t respect cyclists. This is compounded by the lack of designated bike lanes on city roads,” Juneja said.
Many cyclists prefer the early hours of the day to avoid hazards on the road as traffic increases. Neha Raizada said she cycled around 4:30 a.m. every day when the roads were empty.
Aakash Oswal has been cycling for over a decade and advises other riders to have a rear light on their bike and wear a helmet and light clothing. “In 2016, I cycled nearly 5,000 km from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. After cycling on Indian roads, I learned that people don’t care about cyclists,” Oswal said.
Sharif Qamar, a member of the Energy and Resources Institute’s Transport and Urban Governance Division, noted that the fatal accident involving Arora happened in Delhi at Lutyens, where infrastructure was better. planned than in other parts of the city. “With no safe transit space for cycling, cyclists mix with high-speed vehicles,” Qamar said. “Helmets should be made compulsory for all cyclists. In addition, law enforcement agencies should ensure that all vehicles follow traffic guidelines. Road infrastructures must be planned to limit any overspeed.

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