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Old 19th June 2013, 15:15   #106
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For those advocating cycle lanes, please have a look at the cycling lanes that were marked in Jayanagar in Bangalore sometime back. The lanes are used as car parking lanes in many places or as a license to encroach upon the road.

More than the infrastructure, its the attitude towards cyclists/cycling that needs to change in India.
I have seen this in Jayanagar (which I suppose has a decent cycle track all throughout?) and it pains me no end. For once the authorities came up with such a good idea and the people rubbished it

I remember when the track was marked at the beginning and if people parked their cars on it - newspapers duly reported it. Now is has been reduced to just one of those meaningless lines on the road.
So what are the authorities doing about it? Zilch. Why dont you simply fine all the cars? I am sure that money is the only thing that bothers us now. What about a 500 buck parking charge per incident?

I absolutely agree that its the mindset that needs to change first. If we acted like sane and educated people on the road, half the problems would be gone.

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Old 19th June 2013, 15:18   #107
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I dabbled with cycling to my office in gurgaon (Unitech Infospace) and boy was i some sort of "item". A little bit of attention is ok but when a Honda City driver moves over to your side boxing you in and clicks a pic, or the cabbie irritatedly blares out his horn and you have to trust God blindly when crossing the road - it is simply not worth it. Nope - nothing to do with education. Even at the entrance i was stopped for my I card and the irritated car wallah(obviously an employee) behind me started honking mindlessly.
Me using blinking rear lights, "alien" helmet and smarty goggles only contributed to the melee around me. I have left the thought of cycling to office.
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Old 19th August 2013, 22:24   #108
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Angry Irresponsible article in The Overdrive

Dear Friends,

I read this article on The Overdrive website written by the executive editor Vikrant Singh & I felt ashamed at his attitude towards the growing cycling community.

http://overdrive.in/opinions/cycle-t...here-but-here/

If his idea was to give cyclists a lesson in safety he should have done more respectfully & not disdainfully - just not expected of a publication of the stature of The Overdrive.

Everyone had equal right to this earth (& to the man-made roads thereon) - be it four-wheeled in overdrive or a bicycle or just two feet. And to politely remind Sir Vikrant Singh, statistically there are more errant motorists on Indian roads than there are cyclists. (I know this forum is closely watched by automotive industry / publications . . . or should be).

I request fellow members to urge The Overdrive to be more respectful of the human-powered vehicles.

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Here's an Overdrive opinion piece that's taking on the cyclists:
http://overdrive.in/opinions/cycle-t...here-but-here/

Has managed to raise a storm in the comments section there.
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Here's an Overdrive opinion piece that's taking on the cyclists:
http://overdrive.in/opinions/cycle-t...here-but-here/
What an appalling piece.

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Here's an Overdrive opinion piece that's taking on the cyclists:
http://overdrive.in/opinions/cycle-t...here-but-here/

Has managed to raise a storm in the comments section there.
I think the author tried a Jeremy Clarkson on the cyclists. And clearly it didn't go according to plan.
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Old 27th August 2013, 22:08   #112
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When I cycle in Delhi, I always have an SUV driving behind me to protect me from these idiots.

I feel scared to ride my bike, my passion in my country.
I drive up to the highway and then start riding because I'm too damn scared to ride within the city of crumbling roads and moronic drivers. And I love my bike too much to subject it to Bombay's "roads".
Some great cycle tracks were constructed in Delhi prior to Common Wealth Games. One of them is over 15 Kms long, running from Red Fort in Centre Delhi to Madangir in South East Delhi along the Lala Lajpat Rai Marg. I cycled down this track last Sunday for a reality check.

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Much of this track is still in good shape and frequented by commuting cyclists.

The track connects a number of tourist spots and is a great way to explore Delhi, particularly in winter.

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For convenience of tourists Planet Green Bikes have made available cycles on hire at nearly 10 locations along this track. These are available at Rs 10 for 4 hrs - A most economical way to get around.
Although I see these cycles parked here, I don't think there is much patronage. Even the web site of Planet Green Bikes seems to have closed down.

Its only a matter of time before the cycle track is overrun by illegal occupants.

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I could already find rows of cars parked on the cycle track by residents of DDA Colony at Madangir...

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...and a contractor fabricating, what looked like a possible bus stop, on the cycle track.

Its a shame that such a good facility is going waste and deteriorating due to public apathy.

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wait! they have banned cycling in Calcutta?!

http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/08/...is-banning-it/
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A nice video. It explains itself.

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Has anyone used this T Shirt while cycling

http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00W...apparel&sr=1-1

or

http://www.amazon.in/Swim-Shirt-Sun-...8-2fbf8de647b3


These are with
Sun Protection: PROFILTER UPF 50+ component. Protection even when wet. Blocks min 95% of UV rays.


I commute to office by cycle about 2 days a week. This year the summer seems to be really cruel.
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Guys,
anybody here has experience riding a cycle on the WEH in Bombay? I have just purchased a cycle and would want to take up cycling in the mornings probably around 7
am in the mornings.

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