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    London is planning to make its city more cyclist friendly. It will be investing 931m pounds in building infrastructure for cyclists.

    In India, cyclists are subject to the most stressful environment while commuting. Even though cycling to work is the cleanest and greenest form of commuting. Also, the number of cyclists commuting to work are probably much higher than motorcycles and cars put together.

    A large number of accidents take place on highways and city roads, because cyclists crossed a truck/car/motorcycle's path without being seen. Steer, veer and crash!

    The cycling paths in Delhi, which were built during the commonwealth games, mostly have motorcycles running on them.

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    Some of the changes planned are -

    - More "semi-segregation" with bikes kept apart from other road users;
    - A new network of "Quietways" in the suburbs which will provide "direct, continuous, fully-signposted routes on peaceful side streets";
    - One of six traffic lanes on the Westway flyover is to be removed;
    - Improvements to existing and proposed Superhighways, including junctions at Blackfriars, Vauxhall, Tower, Swiss Cottage, and Elephant & Castle;
    - More 20 mph zones;
    - A new "Central London Grid" of bike routes in the City and West End, using segregation and two-way cycling on one-way traffic streets, to join link major routes.

    The Mayor of London -

    'I want to make it normal, something for everyone, something you feel comfortable doing in your ordinary clothes. Our new routes will give people the confidence to get in the saddle.
    'I want to de-Lycrafy cycling. I do not promise perfection, or that London will become Amsterdam any time soon. But what I do say is that this plan marks a profound shift in my ambitions and intentions for the bicycle.'
    How many people in India, who can afford to travel by motorcycle and cars, will enjoy riding to work on a cycle?


    The news item can be read here - http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news--general-news/cycling-revolution-to-hit-london/22495.html
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  • #2
    why you even want to compare UK with India with this "pedal to work" culture? Forget cycles, some people feel embarrassed to take a nano to work. Cycle friendly or not, no one would want to go to work on a cycle in India when he will be judged upon being too over dramatic over issue people doesn't care. If being eco friendly was first thing in every body's minds then every one would be at least car pooling in Delhi and Mumbai.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by pulsater View Post
      why you even want to compare UK with India with this "pedal to work" culture? Forget cycles, some people feel embarrassed to take a nano to work. Cycle friendly or not, no one would want to go to work on a cycle in India when he will be judged upon being too over dramatic over issue people doesn't care. If being eco friendly was first thing in every body's minds then every one would be at least car pooling in Delhi and Mumbai.
      Actually a lot of people have started cycling to work. Especially in the IT sector. Bangalore has a lot of them. Pune, Gurgaon, Mumbai are cities you will find people cycling to work. It might not be big currently, but it is catching on.
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      • #4
        yes, but cycling inside Infosys campuses is not enough definitely. It's a great concept but unrealistic in urban India. London on the other hand has laws for cyclist and EU is even planning to have a licensing system of pedal owners.
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        • #5
          Not just 'inside'. Have you seriously never seen people cycling to work in formals in Gurgaon. It is quite an amusing sight
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          • #6
            na.. never ..
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            • #7
              Bangalore has a pretty strong cycle to work culture. Quite a few bunch of people cycle to work around here (I wish to be one of them!)

              But rarely I've seen anyone cycle in formals. And with the summers starting up, even these rare few will not be cycling in formals anymore
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Praful View Post
                Bangalore has a pretty strong cycle to work culture. Quite a few bunch of people cycle to work around here (I wish to be one of them!)

                But rarely I've seen anyone cycle in formals. And with the summers starting up, even these rare few will not be cycling in formals anymore
                The more seasoned guys cycle in proper attire. But the newbies cycle in formals in all season!!
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                • #9
                  I have always been cycling, to school, to college, to work and me currently in Saudi Arabia. Though my workplace here isn't to far, I get to cycle atleast 10k every day in formal/tie . Off late this you can say has been my only exercise and it doesn't matters to me what others think, cause when I look around I find guy in my age group are a worried lot with BP, Diabeties etc etc. Sometimes I think maybe its just my little/regular cycling that helps me keep fit and way from the modern health issues. So why should I care what others think/say/feel?

                  And yes back in Hyderabad too, off late there have been an increasing number of people commuting to/from work on bicycles and in the past few years we have stores with some new, hi-tech bicycles for those who wish to invest

                  Best thing about India, we can cycle there almost all year round, save the rains and the peak summers.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by yaser_kb100 View Post
                    cause when I look around I find guy in my age group are a worried lot with BP, Diabeties etc etc. Sometimes I think maybe its just my little/regular cycling that helps me keep fit and way from the modern health issues. So why should I care what others think/say/feel?
                    This sums it up perfectly
                    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

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                    • #11
                      slight OT: a girl in my office, a pretty girl in my office used to come to office by cycle, two guys who were hitting on her used to offer her a ride in their sedans, --"come with me, i will drop you home" etc etc ... initially she used to refuse politely.

                      ppl used to look down on her, as if she is a poor girl who can't afford a transport or a lunatic who is doing something useless.

                      anyway, so now she comes to office in a sedan with one of those guys...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by princesirohi View Post
                        slight OT: a girl in my office, a pretty girl in my office used to come to office by cycle, two guys who were hitting on her used to offer her a ride in their sedans, --"come with me, i will drop you home" etc etc ... initially she used to refuse politely.

                        ppl used to look down on her, as if she is a poor girl who can't afford a transport or a lunatic who is doing something useless.

                        anyway, so now she comes to office in a sedan with one of those guys...
                        After she stopped cycling and started sedanning, is she now so plump that you don't consider her pretty anymore???
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                        • #13
                          Getting myself a second hand cycle today. (Can't afford a BTwin )

                          Will be cycling to office most probably tomorrow onwards.
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                          • #14
                            I love to pedal. In fact , I use a bicycle for the purpose of running errands. The motorcycle is solely reserved for experiencing joy. I do not think everybody experiences joy while riding, these people better stick to bicycles and let spare the fossil fuels for us, the bikers!

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                            • #15
                              It's time to think seriously about cycles. They are the fastest means of transport using own energy. But there this social problems, like why he is riding a cycle when he can afford a car. It's enough to brand somebody a miser.
                              Another scenario today is its really difficult to ride a cycle through today's traffic as the number of cyclists have dwindled. More over no body cares for a cyclist as road is full of motor vehicles.
                              I like all 2 wheelers and that includes cycle. That's the primary reason I became a member in this forum. I am planning to buy a cycle soon . It's been a really long time since I parted with my Rockshox.


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