95 cities, municipalities sign up for for Centre’s push to promote public cycling projects | India News

NEW DELHI: Ninety-five cities and municipal corporations including almost all capital cities barring Lucknow have evinced interest to take up public cycling projects under Centre’s Cycles4Change Challenge, which starts from this year.
Besides state capitals, the cities and municipal bodies that have registered for this challenge include Agra, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Tirupati, Tirupur, Udaipur, Kakinada, Varanasi and Muzaffarpur.
The Centre’s push to promote cycling comes at a time when there is a growing perception that people would opt for private modes of transport during the post-Covid period. A recent survey by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy showed that cycling would increase by 50-65% as cities come out of lockdown.
The government has also focused on decarbonising modes of transport to reduce the burden of air pollution.
The challenge aims to inspire cities to implement quick cycling-friendly interventions in the wake of Covid-19 with the support of their citizens and assistance from experts, the housing and urban affairs ministry had said while launching the initiative on July 10.
The challenge is open for all cities with more than five lakh population.
As per the schedule of the challenge, the registered applicants will focus on piloting quick interventions to promote cycling and developing a scale-up strategy till October. The Centre will then select 11 cities after assessing their pilot initiatives and plans to scale up the initiative. They will receive Rs 1 crore award and guidance from national and international experts to further scaling -up of the initiatives.
This will be an annual process to encourage more cities to promote cycling.

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