News on Cycles

02/July/2011 Riding Your Bike Is Good for the Economy

A University of Massachusetts study shows that bicycle lanes create 46 percent more jobs than car-only road projects. The study examined 58 infrastructure projects in 11 states, and found out that cycling projects create a total of 11.4 local jobs for each $1 million spent, while road-only projects generate just 7.8 jobs per $1 million.

28/June/2011 Bicycle scheme to be launched in 10 cities

In a green initiative, government today decided to promote cycling as the last mile connectivity in 10 cities across the country including Delhi. The cities which are being considered for the scheme are Delhi, Bhopal, Bangalore, Pune, Jaipur, Pondicherry, Patna, Indore and Mumbai among others.

"We have decided to launch the National Public Bicycle Scheme to promote cycling in a big way in 10 cities by the end of the year," said Urban Development Secretary Navin Kumar here. "We will provide financial assistance to city governments for implementing the scheme," he said. "Name of the cities is yet to be finalised as we have formed sub-groups to identify the possible cities. The sub-groups will also work out details for implementing the scheme," he said.

The sub-groups will submit the report by August 31. "We hope that all details will be worked out by September."

02/June/2011 Pune's Pedal Power Rally returns to mark World Environment Day 2011

In a city where motorised two-wheelers choke the breathing space of humans, cycle tracks may seem like paths to salvation. And a rally where all cyclists gather and bask in unabashed non-motorised two-wheeler mania will surely look like heavenly reverie. “We believe in the legacy of Pune as a historic cycle city and that this city can set an example of a mass-transit plan involving cycles,” says Commander Kuljeet Singh, the director of Pedal Power.  “People are aware of the benefits of this humble, affordable medium. But there are lots of obstructions in the way; totally, 126km-long cycle tracks have been built in the city and more are being built, but there is the problem of their illegal use. In spite of this, some pockets in the city have active cyclers,” says Singh. 

A rare treat awaits the participants at the culmination of this year's rally. A 'Cycle Museum' that will feature 15 antique bicycles from the collection that cycle enthusiast Vikram Pendse has built. “We stumbled upon this idea during our research and discussions with various cycling clubs. Pendse has a collection of 150 antique cycles, of which 15 will be on display at Corinthians, the oldest of them being of 1856 make,” reveals Singh.