Kolkata Police is discussing the possibility of reserving the left lane for cyclists till the restrictions are withdrawn and public transport is back on city roads. At present, the left lane on the MG Road that links Strand Road near Howrah Bridge to Sealdah is reserved for cyclists.
At least 25 traffic guards in the city have called for separate lane for cyclists to segregate them from the rest of the traffic and prevent accidents. Reserving the left lane, feel cops, should not be an issue now since buses, trams and and autos aren’t plying. If the proposal is approved, guard rails or cones will be installed along the edge of the lane to demarcate it from the rest of the road.
However, the feasibility of the proposal will depend on when restrictions are expected to be eased further to reintroduce public transport from next month. Should that happen, the idea may get scrapped.
Cops said for the time being, they are trying to ensure that cyclists stick to basic traffic rules. “Whether a cyclist reaches an intersection or turns left, right or does a U-turn, we hope he or she adheres to traffic signal like other motorists,” said an officer. In accidents that have happened involving cyclists, they have been found to be at fault on multiple occasions.
A policeman who does duty on Strand Road-MG Road intersection said not all cyclists stopped at red light. “Many are seen violating the stopline or never bothering to stop at signals,” he said.
Source: Times of India