If you’re in Mumbai, get ready to ride a bike with the sea by your side and wind in your hair, starting December 3. A new 22kms cycling track that starts from the National Centre of Performing Arts in Nariman Point and goes up to the Worli. At the moment, the track will function on a pilot basis for three months. The two-way track will be open every Sunday between 6am and 11am. The project proposed by Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray is called, Green wheels along blue lines, will cost Rs300 crore. The BMC intends to put up temporary structures at four points along the track marked with bright green paint, to provide cycles and helmets on rent and refreshments for bikers.
The announcement of this track comes soon after one for another cycling track along the Mulund- Tansa pipeline(link to our story) stretching from the eastern suburb of Mulund to Antop Hill in Wadala, expected to be one of the longest in the country. This 39km cycling and jogging track is scheduled to open in 2019 while the first leg of the plan—a 1.5 km track, will open to public in January 2018. This is part of a larger plan to make cycling tracks in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Amravati, Chandrapur, Kolhapur, Solapur, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon. The ambitious project is also supposed to reduce the state’s carbon foot print considerably.
- Worli- Bandra Sea Link