UT urged to make streets safer for cyclists as 2 already killed this year

In a city where special provisions for cyclists were included as part of its planning, over 40 cyclists have lost their lives in the past two years after being hit by a motor-vehicle. According to data provided by the UT Police for 2012, 20 cyclists were killed last year and this year two persons have already lost their lives in just one week.

Archana Chaudhary, a city-based architect said: "When the city was planned by Le Corbusier, it had a plan to have cycling tracks in all the green belts. However, the plan was implemented only in the first phase and we have cycle tracks only at Jan Marg and not in the second and third phases. Also, we need to have proper traffic signals for the cyclists to move in the city."

In the last two years, 40 persons who were riding a bicycle have died. In 2011, out of a total of 441 accidents, 42 cases were pertaining to cyclists running into accidents and out of these 20 died and 27 persons were injured.

In 2012 out of 412 accidents, 49 cases were registered where the cyclist had run into accidents. Out of these, 20 persons died and 32 were injured. As per the data received by the UT Police, most of the accidents took place at round abouts. Poor visibility and lack of reflectors on cycles also increases the chances of cyclists meeting with accidents.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Kamal Deep said: "Cyclists have to take precaution while traveling on the roads. One of the most important issue is that the cyclists do not follow the traffic lights. We aware them during the traffic awareness weeks but not many follow what we tell them to."

He added that all the main roads in Chandigarh like Dakshin Marg do not have a cycle track. "We have sent proposals to the UT Administration to improve the condition of cycle tracks and to have more tracks in the city," said DSP Kamal Deep.

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