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  • Excellent article. Even

    Excellent article. Even though some cities prefer cycles , men's mentality is to be changed, otherwise can't fight the global poisonous gas emissions.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Definitely a good attempt but

    Definitely a good attempt but the question is that of sustainability. Attempts like these work excellently in small towns where distances are not much. But in bigger cities, it becomes very difficult to ride a cycle to destinations that are over 20 kms. Not to mention the traffic and heat in areas where the sun is a little too generous. And as mentioned in the article, even if pedestrians and riders want to implement such things, proper infrastructure has to be in place. The question with any innovation is that of sustainability.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Informative piece. And it is

    Informative piece. And it is true that public transport system and roads need to be improved to encourage such efforts. But i suppose this is still relevant for small or medium sized towns and arterial roads. This can be one component, butstct what needs serious attention for a sustainable transportation system in cities like Delhi, is "discouraging" car driving through strict policy measures (such as gasoline tax increase, parking fees, road taxes etc.).

    Recently there was a news that the Delhi Government is giving heed to concerns raised by well-off strata of the society regarding BRTs that supposedly causes inconvenience in driving, and has proposed that roads will be made wider in BRT routes to accommodate cars. But if such approaches remain, then any intention of developing a sustainable transportation system will continue to remain elusive.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Exccelent articles, I wish

    Exccelent articles, I wish that it is read by as many youngsters, ifthey decide to follow the concept of cycling , I am sure the change would come when our mother earth would be much better place to live in

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • It is highly dangerous to

    It is highly dangerous to ride a bicycle or even walking in most of the roads in Kerala, in cities and in villages. There is no space even for pedestrians. Footpaths have been encroached for road development and are covered with tar. Even if there is a footpath, it is not maintained and not walkable.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • A very comprehensive and

    A very comprehensive and excellent article, covering all aspects of the issue/s. Pressure needs to be brought on the Union and State governments to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians get their due and are not relegated to the background.
    That the bicycle industry is working with the Government of India is welcome news. They need to be represented in all policy bodies dealing with Transport.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • This article should be

    This article should be circulated to all MPs and MLAs. Hopefully some of them would appreciate the potential of human-driven mobility . Usage of cars should be drastically controlled- Singapore is held as an example-Cycle paths should be mandated , as also foot paths for walkers.
    Ecocabs can do better with technology inputs.
    Bamboo cycles can be made in North-East and supplied to other States.
    Improved designs of IIT-Guwahati can be made available to potential users elsewhere.
    National Plan should lay down targets for increased use of Cycles; funds made available on a priority for cycle paths etc.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Yes, thats indeed a good

    Yes, thats indeed a good editorial. But i believe, initiatives are good till they kick start and make news, but what is important is their sustainance and follow ups. Often these initiatives, fail to stand the test of time is because of maintainence and lack of funds. In the background of the fact that Cycling and Walking are gaining the required importance, it needs to be promoted at a magnified scale. Its time that these initiatives need to be elevated from community driven to a authority level/government level to make it more pragmatic and enforcing.Voluntary initiatives may not last that long unless they are backed by some organisations or may be the government. Its a great awareness generating article indeed. The spark is there just it needs a persistent fuel for its sustainence.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Seriously important

    Seriously important subject.
    People would love to walk and cycle if they only could.
    I have given away two bicycles in ten years because it was physically impossible to use it after eight am in the mad city traffic where I live.
    This article in particular should appear in all the vernacular papers too. Does DTE do translations?

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Outstanding article

    Outstanding article preferring pedal power as a clean transportation.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • ThatÔÇÖs quite a lot of

    ThatÔÇÖs quite a lot of statistics you have got out there. I personally feel that this site has been doing a great job for long time. And the reputation of this site is also not bad at all. Thanks a lot for the share.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Outstanding article. Bicycle

    Outstanding article.
    Bicycle is the clean transportation and everybodyÔÇÖs vehicle.
    A bicycle's performance, in both biological and mechanical terms, is extraordinarily efficient. In terms of the amount of energy a person must expend to travel a given distance, investigators have calculated it to be the most efficient self-powered means of transportation. From a mechanical viewpoint, up to 99% of the energy delivered by the rider into the pedals is transmitted to thewheels, although the use of gearing mechanisms may reduce this by 10ÔÇô15%.In terms of the ratio of cargo weight a bicycle can carry to total weight, it is also a most efficient means of cargo transportation.
    Energy efficiency
    A human being traveling on a bicycle at 16ÔÇô24 km/h (10ÔÇô15 mph), using only the power required to walk, is the most energy-efficient means of transport generally available. Air drag, which increases with the square of speed,[6] requires increasingly higher power outputs relative to speed, power increasing with the cube of speed as power equals force times velocity. A bicycle in which the rider lies in a supine position is referred to as a recumbent bicycle or, if covered in an aerodynamicfairing to achieve very low air drag, as a streamliner.

    On firm, flat ground, a 70 kg (150 lb) person requires about 30 watts to walk at 5 km/h (3.1 mph That same person on a bicycle, on the same ground, with the same power output, can average 15 km/h (9.3 mph), so energy expenditure in terms of kcal/(kgÔÇókm) is roughly one-third as much. Generally used figures are
    ÔÇó 1.62 kJ/(kmÔêÖkg) or 0.28 kcal/(miÔêÖlb) for cycling,
    ÔÇó 3.78 kJ/(kmÔêÖkg) or 0.653 kcal/(miÔêÖlb) for walking/running,
    ÔÇó 16.96 kJ/(kmÔêÖkg) or 2.93 kcal/(miÔêÖlb) for swimming.
    Amateur bicycle racers can typically produce 3 watts/kg for more than an hour (e.g., around 210 watts for a 70 kg rider), with top amateurs producing 5 W/kg and elite athletes achieving 6 W/kg for similar lengths of time. Even at moderate speeds, most power is spent in overcoming the aerodynamicdrag force, which increases with the square of speed. Thus, the power required to overcome drag increases with the cube of the speed.
    In an urban environment, there are no typical speeds for a person riding a bicycle; an elderly person on a sit-up-and-beg style roadster might do less than 10 km/h (6.2 mph) while a fitter, younger person could easily do twice that on the same bicycle. For cyclists in Copenhagen, the average cycling speed is 15.5 km/h (9.6 mph).

    Top 10 Countries with Most Bicycles per Capita
    10. China
    People: 1,342,700,00
    Bicycles: >500,000,000
    Cyclists: >37.2%
    Fact: 60 percent of local cyclists in Shanghai (most populous city in China) pedal to work every day. The city is home to 9,430,000 million bicycles and 19,213,200 people.
    9. Belgium
    People: 10,827,519
    Bicycles: 5,200,000
    Cyclists: ~48%
    In Belgium 8% of all trips are made by bike. The average distance cycled per person per day is 0.9 km. Cycling is a national sport for the Belgians. Belgians are very serious about their bike. A real Belgian keeps an expensive, quality bike well maintained with functioning breaks and inflated tires and usually wears a helmet and a bright yellow vest to make him or herself visible to car.

    8. Switzerland
    People: 7,782,900
    Bycicles: 3,800,000
    Cyclists: ~48.8
    In Switzerland 5% of all trips and 10% of trips to work are made by bike. Switzerland is a cycling country. Here this is more than just an activity, it is a healthy way to enjoy the nature and the hospitality of local people. The Swiss even have ÔÇ£Bike to WorkÔÇ£ campaigns when employees ride their bike to work.
    People: 127,370,000
    Bicycles: 72,540,000
    Cyclists: ~56.9%
    In Japan 15 percent of trips to work are made by bicycle. In recent years more than 10 millions bikes are sold every year. In Japan bicycles are widely used as an alternative to motorcars. A lot of people use them to ride to the train stations. In nowadays more and more Japanese are taking up bicycling to work for health reasons and to avoid traffic jams and crowded trains. Many people donÔÇÖt lock their bicycles even when they leave their bikes outside railroad stations all day or overnight.

    6. Finland
    People: 5,380,200
    Bicycles: 3,250,000
    Cyclists: ~60.4%
    In Finland 9% of all trips are made by bike. The average distance cycled per inhabitant per day is 0.7 km. Fins ride bicycles without reference to the age or social status, both children and grown-ups: tourists and housewives, pensioners and students. Although the cycling season in this country traditionally starts in spring or summer, some fans of bikes is not afraid of neither the rain, nor slush, nor event winter snowstorms. The love of Fins cyclists to the bicycles can be compared with their love to dogs, or to fishing, or to sauna.
    5. Norway
    People: 4,943,000
    Bicycles: 3,000,000
    Cyclists: ~60.7%
    In Norway 4% of all trips are made by bike. In Norway, with a population of 4,943 million people and 3 million bicycles, 60.000 bicycles disappear each year, never to be seen by their owners again.Most bicycles are stolen from places owners assume are safe. Experienced thieves can take even locked bikes in about 10-20 seconds.On the streets, the value of a stolen bicycle is approximately 5-10% of the bicycleÔÇÖs original retail value, with an inverse relationship between value and percentage worth on the street. About 10% of the stolen bicycles are exported to Russia and Eastern Europe.
    4. Sweden
    People: 9,418,732
    Bicycles: 6,000,000
    Cyclists: ~63.7%
    In Finland 9% of all trips are made by bike. The average distance cycled per person per day is 0.7 km. The bicycle in Finnish family is a necessary thing such as a TV-set. For Finnish people bike is even more valuable than a TV. Often a family has a few different bicycles, depending on the number of members of a family and their age.
    3. Germany
    People: 81,802,000
    Bicycles: 62,000,000
    Cyclists: ~75.8%
    In the Germany 9% of all trips are made by bike. The average distance cycled per inhabitant per day is 0.9 km. Cycling is ingrained in the German culture. It is rare to find an adult German who did not grow up riding a bike and whose children, parents, and even grandparents probably still ride bikes. This fact makes drivers and pedestrians understanding and accommodating to bicycle riders (unlike in the US).

    2. Denmark
    People: 5,560,628
    Bicycles: 4,500,000
    Cyclists: ~80.1%
    In the Denmark 18% of all trips are made by bike.The average distance cycled per person is 1.6 km. Cycling is generally perceived as a healthier, cheaper, environmentally friendlier and often even quicker way to travel around towns than car or public transport and it is therefore municipal policy for the number of commuters by bike to go up to 40% by 2012 and 50% by 2015. In Copenhagen (the capital of Denmark) 37% of all citizens ride their bike on a daily basis. The local town hall even offers the visitors rental bikes for free.Interesting fact: the average travelling speed in Copenhagen is 16 kph for cyclists and 27 kph for cars.

    1. Country of cyclists ÔÇô Netherlands
    People: 16,652,800
    Bicycles: 16,500,000
    Cyclists: ~99.1%
    In the Netherlands 27% of all trips and 25% of trips to work are made by bike. The average distance cycled per person per day is 2.5 km. Holland and bicycles go together like bread and jam. Despite the recession the cycle-happy Dutch are still spending a lot of money on their bicycles ÔÇô nearly 1 billion eurosÔÇÖ worth a year. About 1.3 million bicycles were sold in the Netherlands in 2009, at an average price of 713 euros ($1,008) each. Amsterdam (the capital and largest city of the Netherlands) is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world. It has 400 km of bike lanes and nearly 40% of all commutes in Amsterdam are done on bike. Strangely, most cyclists donÔÇÖt wear helmets. And bike theft is a big problem, with about one of five (20%) bicycles being stolen each year.
    For comparison:
    ÔÇó People: 310,936,000
    ÔÇó Bicycles: 100,000,000
    ÔÇó Bicylists: ~32,2%
    In the USA only 0,9% of all trips are made by bike. The average distance cycled per person is 0.1 km.
    (Source: Top 10 Countries with Most Bicycles per Capita, admin 3/14/11,TOP 10 HeLL)
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
  • Thanks for this article. I am doing some research on bicycle culture for a paper that I am writing, and this definitely helps. I like the fact that you used a lot of numbers in the article, I am also a statistician and I like to analyze numbers like this. Huffington Post also have an interesting article on the future of bicycle cities, I will post the link below if anyone wants to read it:

    Posted by: Garrett | 2 years ago | Reply
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