Lately the city of Chennai has been seeing a lot of interest as far as cycling is concerned. We're constantly getting news about cycle lanes being planned in different parts of the city. While most of us would expect these plans to take years to even begin, the Chennai Corporation has been very proactive. They have recently announced that the work on the 1.8m to 2.2m wide bicycle track in Adyar that was proposed last year is now commencing.
The first sector will focus on connecting the Besant Nagar Beach (ElliotÛªs Beach) and the Indira Nagar MRTS Station. In spite of starting off with some opposition by the residents, a meeting was setup earlier this year to brief residents on the significance of the project to them.
Following this, cycle networks for K.K Nagar, which is an area with numerous schools, and surrounding areas are also being planned and will get on way following a meeting with stakeholders to finalise the alignment of tracks.
Other plans include tracks on Swami Sivananda Salai and Wallajah Road as part of making areas like Chepauk, Mylapore and T.Nagar more pedestrian focussed.åÊ The Swami Sivananda Salai will be part of the 7km long bicycle lane linking the Fort station and Marina beach.