A World Bicycle Day marketing campaign in Kochi to mobilise assist to show Pipeline Highway as the town’s first ‘biking precedence’ street

Vehicles parked on designated cycle tracks, painted green by CSML, on the Rajendra Maidan-Abraham Madamakkal Road corridor, leave no space for cyclists.

Autos parked on designated cycle tracks, painted inexperienced by CSML, on the Rajendra Maidan-Abraham Madamakkal Highway hall, depart no area for cyclists.
| Photograph Credit score: H. Vibhu

The United Nations declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day to acknowledge the bicycle’s significance as a way of transport. Whilst extra individuals have embraced biking in Kochi, it continues to be extra a supply of train or a leisure exercise slightly than serve a practical goal as conveyance. 

An element is the absence of cyclist-friendly roads, which makes it an unsafe mode of transport throughout rush hour visitors on the town’s essential roads. Aluva-based Mithradham Renewable Vitality Centre seeks to alter that. As a part of World Bicycle Day celebrations, Mithradham has deliberate a biking occasion pivoted across the 16.5-kilometre Pipeline Highway that originates close to the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Pumping Station at Aluva and winds up close to the Ernakulam South Railway Station, close to the KWA Pumping Station. 

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“Not many individuals know that such a street exists. We need to introduce individuals to this street, which may be transformed right into a ‘biking precedence’ street. That is 40 toes extensive, and since it’s a street which has pipelines, it’s closed to heavy automobiles making it good for cyclists,” says Santosh Thanikkat, coordinator of Mithradham’s CyKochi mission, which goals at making Kochi a cycling-friendly metropolis. The stretch can be utilized by cyclists searching for secure roads to commute throughout the metropolis.  “There are extra individuals on the market biking, however that’s primarily for train. However what number of are utilizing bicycles to commute? A inexperienced monitor on the street will not be sufficient. It must be secure.” 

In addition to elevating consciousness about Pipeline Highway street and biking, the programme goals to mobilise assist for the demand to make it a biking precedence street. “We aren’t asking that the street be made solely for cyclists, simply that cyclists be given a precedence whereas on it,” Santosh says. In addition to discovering a brand new biking path, individuals are inspired to seek out pocket roads connecting to this street. “Pipeline Highway is between one and 5 kilometres from any street within the metropolis and 7 kilometres from Chittoor Highway. It may be accessed simply!”  

As a part of World Bicycle Day programmes, allied occasions embody theme-based competitions comparable to a design competitors for structure college students to submit designs to beautify the stretch. It’s being held in affiliation with the Indian Institute of Architects. 

A ‘biking carnival’ shall be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor, on June 4. For extra info 9770820147   

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