Islamabad sectors to get dedicated bicycle lanes


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ISLAMABAD: In a bid to foster a healthier and eco-friendly lifestyle, Islamabad residents can soon bicycle through the city streets without apprehension.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is set to roll out a comprehensive cycling lane plan aimed at promoting cycling and curbing environmental pollution.

Under this innovative initiative, a secure bicycle network will be established, covering the entirety of Islamabad, encompassing 20 sectors in its route.

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In this regard the Planning and Evaluation of wing of CDA has also finalised Rs1.265 billion PC-1 of the project for developing cycling lanes all over Islamabad.

The cycling lanes would be developed by cutting 10 feet width of greenbelt along roads.

The plan not only caters to conventional bicycles but also introduces electric bikes to enhance the commuting experience.

The first phase costing Rs170 million would span over 34 kilometres having 24 cycle stations for mechanical and electric bikes. It would be executed between February 2024 and April 2024. The phase two of 112 kilometres lance starting in November 2024 and having 48 stations would cost Rs795 million while 75 kilometres long starting between December 2024 and February 2025 would cost Rs300 million. According to PC-1, the stations would be used for parking of bicycles.

This forward-thinking project aligns with the broader goal of creating a sustainable urban environment and encouraging residents to adopt cycling as a viable means of transportation.

The capital city is gearing up for a transformation towards cleaner, greener, and healthier commuting options.

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