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MOVE FORWARD: Mayor M.Subramanian and Chennai Corporation councillors get ready for a cycle ride at Adyar Poonga on Wednesday.
MOVE FORWARD: Mayor M.Subramanian and Chennai Corporation councillors get ready for a cycle ride at Adyar Poonga on Wednesday.

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Corporation to create cycle paths along waterways soon

CHENNAI: Mayor M. Subramanian on Wednesday exhorted city residents to cycle in the interest of the environment and their own health.

He was speaking at an event organised by the Indian Federation of United Nations Association and the Coalition of Chennai Cyclists (CCC) as part of United Nations Day celebrations here. As a first step, the Mayor dedicated three bicycles for use by visitors at the Adyar Poonga.

Mr. Subramanian said that the Chennai Corporation would consider creating cycle paths along the waterways.

Former urban planner G. Dattatri said that promoting cycling would develop in residents a sense of ownership of the city. He said that it was also time to address the issue of safety of cyclists, who battled for road space with car and two-wheeler drivers.

He appealed to the Mayor to remove encroachments from existing cycle paths on Velachery Bypass Road and Sardar Patel Road to encourage cyclists.

‘Americai’ V. Narayanan, who leads the CCC, said he had several plans to promote the interests of cyclists in the city. He said that the Mayor had promised to declare one day in the year as ‘Cycle Day’ after consultation with councillors of the Corporation.

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