: The Chennai Corporation will start demarcating space for a dedicated cycle track in Anna Nagar by the first week of January, Mayor M. Subramanian said here on Wednesday.

Distributing bicycles to students of the Chennai Girls Higher Secondary School in Saidapet, he said that a two-km-long stretch of Anna Nagar 5th and 6th Avenue would have the tracks on a trial basis at a cost of Rs.50 lakh.

The civic body would also introduce bicycles on a three-km-long stretch of the Marina beach shortly, he said. Tenders are being scrutinised by the civic body.

The civic body had planned to demarcate space for the cycle track at a 14-km stretch in Anna Nagar. While eight-km of the track would be on arterial roads, the rest would come up on interior. People have to be sensitised on the use of the tracks, he said.

The focus of the cycle tracks would be more on school zones where students are involved in cycling.

A total of 7,203 students of Chennai Schools received bicycles free of cost on Wednesday. Over 15.47 lakh bicycles have been distributed to students in the State so far.