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Bicycle Friendly Streets in Jayanagar, Bangalore


Update: The revised version of the report and network map is now replaced with the earlier version based on the comments received from the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Govt. of Karnataka. We also found some glaring errors, which prompted this revision.

Having dedicated bicycle lanes in Bangalore has been talked for sometime now. For a variety of reasons this did not see any light all these days. However, in the last few months, with the arduous efforts of the Ride-A-Cycle Foundation (RAC-F), the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka initiated the Madiwala Cycle Track Project. Alongside, it was also felt essential to take forward the Safe Route to Schools proposal by the RAC-F on to the streets of Bangalore.

Acting on this proposal, DULT held a series of meetings with the officials of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the representatives of RAC-F. As an outcome of these discussions, it was thought to explore some workable measures by means of identifying Bicycle Friendly Streets in certain localities of Bangalore. As a pilot initiative, it was thought best to identify these networks in Jayanagar, Bangalore.

At the instance of DULT, Gubbi Labs prepared a report for Evolving Bicycle Friendly Street Network in Jayanagar, Bangalore.

The primary goal of this initiative would be to: Create bicycle friendly streets in certain localities of Bangalore in a phased manner to encourage cycling as a mode of safe, convenient and sustainable mode of urban transport.

We are happy to note that Gubbi Labs has submitted the report to the Government and the (revised) copy of the same is made available here.

The efforts of Ride-A-Cycle Foundation in conceptualizing this initiative and support at various stages during the preparation of this report are gratefully acknowledged.

We also would like to place on record the timely suggestion from Arun Ganesh. The Network Map was developed using the map data available from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) - Thanks to the OSM Community! Once the Network Map is formally approved by the Government, we will be updating the same on the OSM Cycle Map.

For now, we look forward to the realization of Bicycle Friendly Streets in Jayanagar, Bangalore.

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