As of now, the world is divided in two: cities that have bicycle networks and those that want it. For Indian urban centres, investment in bicycle infrastructure is an intelligent move, given the fact that the average trip length in Indian cities is within 5 km. Things are looking up in cities like Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Diu. Better cycling infrastructure means: pedalling enthusiasts have been heading to the hilly paths of Navi Mumbai. The satellite township is turning into a cyclist’s paradise. Thanks to cycling groups like Palm Beach Riders, Everest Cycling Culture and more, Navi Mumbai is now home to over 2,000 cycling enthusiasts. This committed group of cyclists is the impetus for an entire movement, working closely and partnering with RECITY to contribute to the design and maintenance of a more robust cycling network in Navi Mumbai. With the Smart Commute Foundation, RECITY has empowered architects and experts to develop a cycle track in Kharghar Node and the first ever bicycle-parking facilities across. Students of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, Kharghar along with mentors, Anuj Malhotra and Firoza Suresh worked over two months to come up with Non Motorized Transport(NMT) design intervention in Kharghar.
Anuj Malhotra has over 15 years of technical experience in the area of ‘Sustainable design’ ranging from alternative construction techniques, landscape to sustainable transportation. Anuj is currently leading the Centre for Green Mobility, a non-profit organization that advocates safe walking and cycling. Anuj is a member of the expert group at the Indian Road Congress for the Urban Road Code and expert contributor to the Global Street Design Guidelines initiated by the US-based NACTO.
Firoza Suresh lives in Juhu and commutes over 15 km, daily to her workplace at Dadar, using a bicycle. She is a founder of Smart Commute which has initiated the 'Cycle to Work' concept. With Smart Commute, Firoza has targeted the fence sitters who want to explore cycling as a mode of commute, but are put off by the lack of infrastructure to support it.
City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) is a city planning organization created by the Government of Maharashtra. CIDCO was formed on 17 March 1970 under the Indian Companies Act of 1956. Its purpose at the time of its creation was to develop a satellite town to Mumbai, Maharashtra India to ease traffic congestion in the city and provide open spaces, playing fields, housing and industrial sites outside the city.