Bangalore Techies Advocate For Bicycling Amenities

As the city traffic grinds to a crawl due to the rising amount of vehicles on the road, techies in Bangalore have taken a liking to commuting on bicycles.

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December 12, 2007, 11:00 AM PST

By injunplanna

"Cycling to work makes more and more sense for the city's well-heeled professionals - nearly three million vehicles clog 500km (300 miles) of Bangalore's gridlocked roads, with 1,000 new vehicles added every day.
This also make it one of India's most polluted cities; in some areas, air pollution levels are five times higher than permissible limits."

"Concerns over traffic conditions and the environment, combined with the sedentary lifestyles peculiar to the software sector, have all combined to promote cycling to work in Bangalore."

"Indian society equates prosperity with bigger vehicles and cycling with the poor. Cyclists are offered no facilities whatsoever in the shape of cycle lanes or bike parks."

"But it is no longer unusual to see sweaty techies pedalling to work, laptops in backpacks or carriers, and heading straight for the shower and a change of clothes once they reach the office."

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 in BBC

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