Bengaluru: Only one-fourth of 17km cycle lane complete | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The much-hyped pop-up bicycle lane project of the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) on Outer Ring Road (ORR) has been delayed.
In May 2020, DULT commissioner V Manjula and other officials visited the ORR to create a lane for cyclists on the service road. The move came after several global cities set up temporary lanes to help cyclists during the pandemic.
Of the 17km proposed pop-up lane on the service road, just 4km has been completed so far. This despite many tech parks slowly opening up after the work-from-home phase. Completion of the lane would have encouraged many to cycle to work, especially on the tech corridor.
DULT has been facing severe criticism for focusing only on CBD areas and ignoring the city outskirts. A DULT spokesperson said they have provided designs to BBMP for implementation of pop-up cycle lanes on ORR.
“BBMP has begun work and completed laying cycle lanes from KR Puram to Mahadevapura, a length of 4km. On the remaining stretches, milling has already been done for another 13km,” said a DULT spokesperson in a statement.
DULT, meanwhile, blamed BWSSB for the delay. “BWSSB has taken up laying of pipeline/underground drainage on certain stretches. Once BWSSB completes this work, further work will be taken up by BBMP. DULT has been regularly reviewing work progress with all agencies concerned,” it said.
The statement further said BBMP is expected to complete a significant portion of the lane work on ORR by March and the entire expenditure towards the pop-up cycle lane is being met by the civic body.
Bollards being placed

The government agencies planned a cycle lane of two-metre width. Bollards are also being installed at every metre to demarcate the lane.

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