Thousands of bicycles on the streets of the capital Delhi in the morning signaled a change in the transport interest of the people as soon as the locks of corona opened, amid the threat of corona. Some people are using bicycles to get to their workplace, then children and young people are getting used to the bicycle with the intention that the opening of school and college will be a way to avoid a possible transition to public transport that they can afford without spending Go by 4.5 million bicycles have been sold in India during the Corona crisis. It is strange that on one hand, there is a shortage of bicycles in Delhi-NCR, on the other hand, started in the year 1951, the company of Atlas Cycle, which produces four million bicycles annually and employs thousands of people, got locked. . It is auspicious to increase the attachment of common people to bicycle, but it has to be considered whether our roads and traffic system are compatible with the use of a bicycle or not.
India ranks second in the world in bicycle production with an annual output of 22 million, but the NITI Aayog's report in March shows that even today there are about 200 million people in the country who would walk 10 kilometers to their worksite. , Because he does not even have the ability to buy a bicycle. In Delhi-NCR, most of the thousands of cyclists who are seen in the morning, most of them own at least one car. India has only 90 bicycles per thousand, while the figure is 300 in China, 700 in Japan, and 1,100 in the Netherlands. It is evident that the demand for bicycles is expected to increase in the country. The Cycle Manufacturers Association says that by the year 2025, the country will have to produce five crore bicycles annually for its local market. India imported seven lakh bicycles in the year 2018-19 and most came from China.
Bicycle riding is important not only in terms of health but also for the strengthening of the environment and economic condition of the country. A Terry report last year stated that increasing the use of bicycles for short distances would benefit the economy by 1.8 trillion. According to the 2011 census, 11.1 million people in 45 percent of the country's households had bicycles. Between 2001 and 2011, the country recorded a 2.4-fold increase in the number of cars, two-wheelers grew by 2.3 percent, but the number of bicycle buyers increased by just 1.3 percent during this period. India's socio-economic condition is suitable for cycling. It is economical and safe and its maintenance is also cheap. Despite this, the real reason for its low demand is the strategy of distributing loans of financial institutions in selling fuel-powered vehicles. There are thousands of people who have taken bike-scooters without showing any need. While his loan installment, insurance money, repairs, and expensive fuel pierce his pocket every year.
We do not have any separate transport laws for bicycles. It does not have a secure parking facility at markets, offices, or other public places. In some cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, there are separate routes for cycling, but they are mostly occupied or not suitable for cycling. Akhilesh Yadav's government in Uttar Pradesh had built several kilometers of cycle paths in Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Noida. But the bicycles never worked on a large part of it. By cycling, not only can the foreign exchange be saved by reducing the bill of import of crude oil, but it can also lead to a huge reduction in air pollution. With the increasing trend of cycling, millions of people can get employment. In Ludhiana alone, there are 4,000 thousand small and medium factories connected with bicycles, where 10 lakh people have got employment. There is a need to encourage cycling in the country amid the Corona crisis and dangerous air pollution.