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Make way for the bicycle

  • Published at 12:19 pm June 21st, 2018
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Bicycles are environmentally friendly, easy to use, and would keep the denizens of our cities healthy

Bicycling is one of the most sustainable methods of urban transport today. 

No doubt, cities in Bangladesh would benefit greatly from a more pro-active approach by the government to ensure that bicycles become the primary mode of transportation.

Bangladesh’s problems with pollution -- which remains one of the leading causes of death in the country -- alongside its traffic problems, especially in the capital, make an investment in cycling worthwhile.

Their usefulness is reflected in how prominent a feature they have become in most European cities, with their respective governments implementing several initiatives to ensure that there is a vibrant cycling culture in their cities.

Bangladesh would do well to take a leaf out of their books and push hard in this area. And this will not happen easily.

Our cities and their infrastructures currently remain completely ill-equipped for safe bicycle travel, with road accidents now a common theme of daily life.

Not only do we need to improve traffic conditions, moving forward, the government needs to aggressively push towards introducing cycle lanes, which would make our streets friendlier for our cyclists.

This will also have the benefit of proving to be a major boost for our home-grown bicycle manufacturing industry, which should be incentivized further.

Bicycles are environmentally friendly, easy to use, cost-effective, and would keep the denizens of our cities healthy -- there is no better mode of transport for short to medium distances. 

A concerted effort is required to make cycles a safe and affordable feature of Bangladesh’s urban landscape. 

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