MUMBAI, June 5: To give
a boost for cycling in the financial capital, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta
today said a parking authority is being planned which will focus on creating
spaces to park bicycles.
"We're working on a parking authority for Mumbai which looks at parking
not just for cars, but for cycles also. It will create an environment for
people to cycle to work," Mehta told PTI on the sidelines of annual 'cycle
to work' event here to mark World Environment Day today.
He said the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) is looking at places
where people can safely park their bicycles so that the usage of bicycle in the
city facing problems surrounding pollution can increase.
Stressing that cycling is not a sport, Mehta said it is the only activity,
which benefits both the environment as well as the person indulging in it,
through better health.
He also called on public participation to boost cycling, saying "we need a
people's movement for cycling in the city".
Smar Commute Foundation's Feroza Suresh said the city will soon be starting the
monthly "critical mass" event at the last Friday of every month
starting in June.
"To start with, we've identified 17 business hubs where people will be
assembling and riding together at a specified time to assert the need to be
considerate towards them on the road and co-exist peacefully," she said.
It can be noted that "critical mass" is a regular event across the
major cities of the world, where citizens aspiring to make their city more cycle-friendly
She said the business districts include the Bandra Kurla Complex where the
government wants to make a International Finance Centre, Mindspace, Andheri
east, Lower Parel and Worli, where the Mahindras have agreed to help.
Suresh said her NGO is also in talks with corporates to inculcate the culture
within their organisations by creating the necessary infrastructure like safe
parking and shower facilities in their premises.