Bicycle trend is on the rise all over the world and in India it is the go-to mode of transportation in rural area, among low income groups and students. It is cost effective, eco-friendly (green-transport) and healthy, not to mention it cab be a refreshing change of life.
However, there are only 90 units of bicycle for 1000 people in India, and the number is likely to drop yet further as a staggering 384 road users die everyday, among which cyclist and two-wheeler users are the most vulnerable. There are number of reason for the high fatality rate among which lack of prioritization of non-motorized mode of transport, no cycle-pedestrian friendly infrastructure, lack of lane discipline and road markings are the major challenges.
With new wave of transport engineers and experts, India has now policies and guidelines for bicycle ready which will produce a positive impact, albeit a slow one, on the ‘marginalized’ road-users as treated by the vehicle drivers.