Mangaluru: City plans development of 12km-long bicycle lane


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 17: The city is gearing up for the upcoming cycle4change rally. For developing exclusive bicycle lanes where only bicycles can tread, a project worth eight crore rupees has been prepared. The detailed project report (DPR) in this connection has been submitted to the Smart City Project.

The 12 km-long route that has been identified for being developed as a bicycle lane will have to be upgraded to make it fit for bicycle riding. At many places the surface at the road is uneven. Wherever the road-roller can reach, the lane will have to be levelled with the help of tar.


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In lanes where the road-rollers cannot enter, interlocks will have to be laid. Saucer drains will have to be fitted to ensure that water does not get stranded and damage the lanes. Cost of making the path, and display of boards at various points to show how long the lane lasts and where they go etc are included in the plan.

At a few places, bridges will have to be repaired or widened by even use of private land. Expenses which might be required to be spent to reconstruct compound walls of private properties has been included in the DPR.

Currently, major challenges the plan faces are at the central railway station here, as the planned bicycle lane passes through here. This road is currently being used by the people. But when laying the bicycle lane, the railways may create problems. Therefore, it is planned to hold discussions with MP Nalin Kumar Kateel. Smart City general manager Arun Prabha says that the lane will move ahead smoothly if space is made available at the central railway station.

Not only the currently proposed bicycle lane, but even mention of bicycle lanes is also made in the riverfront plan in the city. There will be a bicycle docking station for the tourists which is to be built. The tourists can take the bicycles and move on the riverfront road lane, taking a view of the beach etc, if the project materialises.

Mangaluru Smart City has planned a cycle4change rally on November 1 in order to encourage the people to use bicycles for their routine work. The beginning point of the rally is Mangala Stadium. It moves through the main roads in the city for about eight km. Interested people can register themselves online.

  

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  • kusuma kumari gunji, nellore kodyad

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    very good move indeed

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  • J. F. D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore.

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    We Plan everything. But everything is being misused afterwards. Nobody takes care of it and take action against the offenders who use footpaths which are meant for pedestrians and senior citizens. For example the footpath in front of Town Hall is occupied by street vendors and this facility has been provided by the MCC itself by providing sheds on rental basis. MCC needs Revenue and not the welfare of people.

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  • Siddharth, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Awesome!!!!

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  • Rahulraj, Kadri

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Please develop waterfront roads in Mangalore. Mangalore needs a marine drive. In Western countries as well in Gulf they develop coastal cities so well by building sea front roads. I feel Tannirbavi road should beadr of marine drive where people can see mangalore City and backwaters in between. Kiocl plant to bengre waterfront Road should be built...

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Mama kudla da rickshaw dakul 360 degree tirgunakul mast upadra namak

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  • Nelson Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    And hawkers have started planning on how to sell on those bicyle roads in thier carts

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    I have always been asking for a separate lane for Two Wheeler's ...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Good idea, but what about the pedestrians there is no proper footpath in many places. In some places no scope for a footpath. The footpaths are scientifically not designed. In some places you will find motorists parking their vehicles on the footpath. Once the bicycle lane in set you will find many unauthorised users on the lane. We know who will get the hafta for using the bicycle lane illegally.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Govt shod first focus maintenance of regular road where so many accidents take place than focusing on bicycles lanes. Yes it is a good initiatives and great thinking but basic road infrastructure is missing and so many people die every day due to broken roads deep edges and holes and hard to gauge the safety when you drive with a family with little kids. I am so affriad to drive in mangalore with narrow roads with deep holes at side of the roads. Hard to explain but it is a reality

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Please repair SL Mathias Road !!!!!. Forget bicycle, I think shortly we will need a 4 Wheel drive to use that road . It’s a nightmare to drive a car or motorcycle/ Scooter on that road !!!!!

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  • Cedric DSilva, Milagres/Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    S L Mathias Road requires immediate repair. in Attavar area. Incude this in Smart City Project.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Even you build a HEAVEN to the general public they doesnt care about it ! maximum misuse it and top of that our servants will maintain it ! within one year this project become a huge disaster !! only wasting of honest taxpayer money

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Reading this news of 12km long bicycle lane. When the development realise. Will it take 1 year or 10 years. If 10 years I will be 75. Purpose of my use of Cycle lane is defeated.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    It is a good news. First of all make good wherever vehicles are moving.....you collect road taxes for it...!!!!!! Otherwise do not blame/fine the vehicles moving on the bicycle track.

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  • Vishu, Moodabidri

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Include this in Smart City Project, spend some crores of money for it. Then,I will bring my rented bicycle for inauguration.

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  • Shameer, Riyadh

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    First can you please paint the pedestrian crossings, Traffic lanes and rumblers?

    Please fix the traffic lights. Mangalore is the only place where traffic light intersections are still manned by police personnel. 90% of the times the signals don't work.
    Crossing the street in Mangalore is a nightmare.
    Vehicle drivers have no patience to let pedestrians cross the street safely. They don't want to take their feet off the accelerator. In simple words 'cross at your own risk'. Pedestrians too don't know their rights. I can imagine what would happen if people come out with bicycles.

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  • Satish, Kudla /Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 17 2020

    Moreover what's the guarantee that these lanes will won't be used by motorbikes

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