Future belongs to the cyclist
There is a famous joke that world war- IV, if at all would be fought only with sticks and staves as World War-III would have obliterated all civilization. Likewise, the day is not far when we would have entirely emptied earth of its fuel resources and we would be forced to revert back to olden ways of transport. It may not happen in our lifetime but it surely will in our descendants'. At that time, the cyclists will have the last laugh and indeed they would make true the age old Christian adage that 'the meek shall inherit the earth' and rightly so.
More and more countries are realizing the value of nurturing the cyclist and increasing his numbers on the road. Most countries have dedicated cyclist tracks to ensure safe and speedy passage for the cyclists to their destination. Cyclist tracks not only encourage more people to take to cycling confidently, but it also wins them the respect they deserve on the roads. In our own country Pune and Chandigarh have cyclist tracks on the road. A commendable gesture, but if reports in the press are to be believed- the tracks are not in proper shape.
What is the status of a cyclist on the road today
Pushed to the corners of the road, unable to catch up with others either in terms of speed or presence on the road, cyclists are dwindling in numbers and the existing ones are made to feel like "nuisance" on the road. Ask any cyclist how he feels. He would say he feels like a mouse in a field of elephants.
But in reality, it is the cyclist who is the friendliest user of the road.
1 He does not pollute.
2 He does not cause congestion.
3 He does not draw on earth's resource to run his vehicle.
4 His vehicle is not heavy enough to kill anyone on the road.
Every year around 10 lakh cars and 80 lakh two wheelers are added to the Indian roads. Imagine the fuel needed to run them and imagine the emission from these...