Three out of every four bicycle riders in Kolkata pedal to work, according to a recent survey . The city has a vibrant bicyclist community of diverse walks of life .
KOLKATA (KoLKATA): Three out of every four bicycle riders in Kolkata pedal to work, according to a recent survey conducted on seven road sections in the city.The ban on bicycling on 71 highways has directly affected people's livelihoods, according to activists advocating for cyclists.The city has a vibrant bicyclist community of diverse walks of life, from doctors, engineers, researchers, to suppliers and delivery people.One1% of the city's population used bicycles, according to a KMDA survey conducted in 2011.76.5% of cyclists said they depended on their bicycles to commute to their workplaces or performing other occupations in the survey.According to Kolkata's bicycle mayor, Satanjib Gupta, the ban on roads is actually punishing them.Out of 307 participants, 173 cyclists use bicycling between 6am and 9am, and 143 between 6pm and 9pm.Another 71 percent of cyclists are in the age range of 19 to 50. The study was funded by the SwitchON Foundation, Amity University, and ITDP.The analysis was performed on three stretches of two main roads in the area: Minto Park, Mullick Bazar, and Nonapukur tram depot of AJC Bose Road and M G Road, Girish Park, and the Shyambazar crossing on CR Avenue.According to the report, only 11% of cyclists are under the age of 14, while 71% are in the age group 14-50 years.Although the vast majority (92%) of cyclists are male, about 7.8% are female. Although 76.5% cycle daily, 21.5% cycle only a few days a week.On weekends, only a 1.9 percent bicycle is permitted.According to Vinay Jaju of SwitchON, a dedicated bicyclist, the overwhelming majority are livelihood cyclists.A large number of bicycles (40%) use interior roads and bylanes, but the vast majority (42%) cannot avoid major roads, despite knowing that riding on them is illegal.