State of Cycling in India
D V Manohar
Urbanization: Trends in India
Insights from Infographic
Many cities in India sight
exponential growth
As cities expand people
tend to use more of
private transport for
commuting
In 20 years, Indian
cities will have to
accommodate over
250 million more
people than they do
today i.e., equivalent
to 11 Australias.
Increase in private
transport would lead to
increase in pollution
From other research Increasing trend seen in
purchase of diesel cars
Less usage of company
transportation, public
transportation and
carpooling
Urbanization: Sentiment Analysis about Traffic
Social sentiment trends in Metros indicate that :
•Private Commuting is Stressful.
•Public transportation is not bad.
•More youngsters are receptive to cycle to work.
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Cycling Trends in Indian Cities
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India’s traffic woes
• India’s population of 1.20 billions estimated to
reach 1.35 billions by 2020 making it the
World’s largest populated country.
• There is an urgent need to address India’s
traffic woes.
Bicycling – a game changer!!
• 50% reduction in the risk of developing
coronary heart diseases, adult diabetes &
obesity. 30% reduction in hypertension.
• Most eco friendly mode of transport.
• Savior transport mode in heavy traffic
conditions.
Bicycling – a game changer!!
Commercial
Usage?
Cycling Groups
HYDERABAD BICYCLING CLUB (HBC)
Case Study
• With over 5100 members, the largest Bicycling
Club on Meetup.
• Operates Bike Stns at vantage points.
• Tie up with Hyderabad Metro to set up Bike
Stns at all upcoming Metro Stns in Hyderabad.
• Working closely with Government agencies to
build cycling tracks.
Vision
• To transform India into most bicycle friendly
country.
Mission
• Change the mindset of people from bicycle
being referred to as poor man’s travel to
preferred mode of travel.
• Improve infrastructure & facilities so that
cycling is perceived as most safe and healthy
& attracts lot of commuters.
Activities of HBC
Challenges
• Indian cities are starved for space. Not easy to
find space for Bike Stns & Cycling Tracks.
• Creation of Bike Stns & Cycling Tracks requires
large investments.
• Involving Corporates in creating Bike Stns.
• Working closely with Government agencies to
build Cycling Tracks.
• Safety of cyclists.
Safety of cyclists
• Barricading the Cycling Tracks.
• Video surveillance of Tracks to check misuse.
• Support from law enforcement agencies &
voluntary organisations.
State of Art Technology
• India would like to go for best practices
incorporating State of Art Technology.
• Bike Stns are manually operated mostly.
• Plans to introduce card swipe system wherein
using a prepaid card the commuter can
borrow and return the bike anywhere.
• This is particularly required in our Bike Stns at
the upcoming Metro Stns.
Herculean efforts
• HBC is acting as catalyst to promote cycling
aggressively in India.
• Putting in herculean efforts to create enabling
infrastructure.
• Having tasted success in Hyderabad, HBC is
now focussing on other cities in India.
• With a more proactive Government in place,
HBC is confident of changing the commuting
culture in India.
Future Plans
• HBC hosting international event similar to
Tour de France in India in 2015.
• Please join and make it a great success.
• We aim at transforming India into a Cycling
Nation.
• We would like to ensure that a million Indians
cycle to work in the next five years.
More Indians to Cycle to Work
“cycling for a cause, cycling for a change”
Changing the commuting culture of
India
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