‘Cycling track on ORR may be a game-changer’

160-km stretch of Outer Ring Road (ORR) can be equipped with a cycling track which could double up as a running track.

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Jan 2017  11:00 pm
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A women wih her kid taking part in The Great Hyderabad Cyclothon II, hosted by Hyderabad Bicycling Club, on the eve of the 68th Republic Day, on Sunday, at Gachibowli.

Hyderabad: The nearly 160-km stretch of Outer Ring Road (ORR) can be equipped with a cycling track which could double up as a running track and be a real game-changer for the city, Principal Secretary (Home) Rajeev Trivedi said here on Sunday.

Flagging off ‘The Great Hyderabad Cyclothon-II’ on the eve of Republic Day by Hyderabad Bicycling Club from Gachibowli Bike Station, Trivedi said the track could be 12 feet wide and laid with asphalt to double up as a running track. It could boost the brand image of Hyderabad, as nowhere else in the world such an amenity exists, he said.

Hyderabad Bicycling Club chairman DV Manohar said the club was aggressively promoting bicycling as a fitness and eco-friendly mode for commuting in the city. With the coming of Metro Rail, the club would have 300 bike stations including at 63 metro stations with an inventory of 10,000 bicycles including e-bikes, he said.

The Great Hyderabad Cyclothon-II had three categories of rides – Cyclothon 10 km Mass Ride, 30 km Foundation Ride and 60 km Countryside Ride, according to a press release.