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Old June 27th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Mysore | Cycling & Walking Tracks Updates & Suggestions

This thread aims to track updates regarding cycle tracks and walking tracks aka Raja marga/heritage tracks.

One can share updates and suggest new routes/ideas for the same.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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Mysore planners moot bicycle sharing system in Mysore

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To promote a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle, the district administration is planning to implement Public Bicycle-Sharing System in the Heritage City.

"The project is awaiting the approval of the authority, and the project blueprint is ready," said DC P S Vastrad. "We want to make some areas free of vehicles. Initially, the plan will be implemented in the University of Mysore campus," he said, adding that the project will be extended to other areas depending on its success there.

Further, the DC said government officials have been requested to pedal from their quarters to their offices "as it can reduce the use of government vehicles".

Public bicycle-sharing system, which is prevalent in European countries, moved to India a couple of years ago. The system enables people to obtain bicycles on rent. They can subscribe to the facility online by making monthly or annual payment. The plan will be implemented by Mysore City Corporation under Mysore City Land transport Authority (MCLTA).
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/14311598.cms
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DC'S CYCLING IDEA DISCUSSED

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The issue of government officials cycling their way to work for at least one day a week was the main point of discussion during the DC's Phone-in programme this morning, which is held every third Thursday of the month.

Apparently enthused by Star of Mysore's special report yesterday, the Dy. Commissioner P.S. Vastrad raised the issue citing the newspaper report.

Reiterating his emphasis on encouraging cycling among the government officials, he said that the rule will be in force from next Monday. He also directed the Heads of various departments to facilitate cycle parking space, watchmen for the cycles and other necessary facilities.

"The system of bicycle-sharing has been in practice at the Infosys campus here since years. The district administration has also urged the Mysore University to implement such a system. We have also approached the managements of colleges to follow suit in their respective campuses," said the DC, pointing out that most high school students rode bicycles to schools in the city and rural areas too.

Cycle Tracks: The DC directed the Police Commissioner and Traffic ACP to identify broad roads in city suitable for cycle tracks and demarcate with yellow paint at least 18 kms of road margins exclusively for cycles.

Priority for pedestrians: "In our country, the Police, RTO and KSRTC give priority to four-wheelers, then to two-wheelers, and then to cyclists and lastly to the pedestrians," said the DC and announced that the order of priority will be reversed henceforth.

Cautioning the KSRTC bus drivers against over-speeding and rash driving, he warned that in case a cyclist on cycle-track or a pedestrian is hit, a fine of Rs. 10 lakh will be imposed.

He, however, went on to add that it was just a warning and that he was not forcibly implementing the rules, but only intended to make the city roads safe, reduce pollution level and induce health consciousness among the citizens.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #4
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Now, cycle around the palace

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The Mysore Palace Board on Monday introduced a system to rent cycles and umbrellas for tourists to go around the palace premises.



Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, who is also the executive officer of the Mysore Palace Board, inaugurated the facility. Ten cycles and 50 umbrellas are available for use after a deposit, which is refundable, is made.

Committee

Mr. Vastrad told presspersons that a committee had been set up to identify roads within a radius of 2 km in the city and provide dedicated space for cyclists.

He said the Director, Urban Development, had been invited to the city in connection with the launch of bicycle sharing system here.

Palace Board deputy director T.S. Subramanya was present.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle3571662.ece

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Old June 27th, 2012, 07:14 PM   #5
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This stretch is a haven for cyclists

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First cycle track in Mysore comes up on Lalitha Mahal Road


Raring to go:Although the cycle track on Lalitha Mahal Road in Mysore is yet to be inaugurated, cyclists have already begun using it.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Non-motorised transport, such as cycling, still exists in Mysore, although it is on the wane because of the booming automobile ownership.

With an aim to recreate interest in eco-friendly non-motorised modes of transport, particularly cycling, a dedicated cycle track has been developed in Mysore, which is still considered a cyclist-friendly city.

The first cycle track has come up on Lalitha Mahal Road, which has high traffic density. Work on the 4-km long track has been completed, and will be expanded further.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mysore City Corporation Commissioner K.S. Raykar said the cycling zone or cycle track had been developed on one side of the busy road stretch, making use of the space available after having recently improved the road.

Expansion

He said the track would be expanded from Lalitha Mahal Road till Bannur Road (about 4 km). Later, the track would be developed till Vani Vilas Double Road (4 km). The total length of the track would be around 12 km, he added.

Cyclists have begun using the completed portion of the track, although its official launch is pending. The track has come up along the tall trees on the road, which has heritage buildings nearby.

“The track will be expanded wherever space is available,” Mr. Raykar said, adding that the track would be officially inaugurated shortly.

Cyclists found it difficult to commute on the busy road. With the creation of a cycling zone, a safe path had been created for them, he added.

The MCC had made an attempt to launch ‘cycle tourism' during Dasara a couple of years ago.

The corporation had planned to make cycles available to tourists on hire. It had announced that tourists could return the cycles to the hiring point closest to them after their tour, instead of the place from which they had originally hired the cycle. Representatives from the tourism industry here supported the MCC's plan, and said it would boost tourism. Like bike rentals in Goa, which is hugely popular among tourists there, particularly international tourists, sources in the industry had said that cycle rentals in Mysore “was a step in the right direction to promote bicycles and reduce, at least to some extent, air pollution.”

Renewed interest

Nearly 35 locations had been identified in Mysore, Srirangapatna and Brindavan Gardens for renting cycles. It was also planned that the renting points would be used as help desks for tourists, for guidance on tourist spots and other information, but lack of funds prevented the corporation from pursuing the project.

MCC sources said the corporation was now showing interest in pursuing the ‘cycle tourism' plan following the development of the city's first cycle track.


The cycle track will be expanded to around 12 km

‘MCC is interested in pursuing cycle tourism plan'
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today DC, MUDA Commissioner, MCC Commissioner and Traffic ACP have inspected this following roads for cycle track and ordered for lane markings on the both sides of the roads

1. JLB Road : from Ramaswamy circle to Railway station circle - 1.5klm
2.Irwin Road : from Railway station circle to Ayurvedic circle - 650mts
3. New Sayyaji Rao Road : from Ayurvedic circle to Highway Circle - 2klm
4. Nelson Mandela Road : from Highway Circle to LIC Junction - 1.2klm
5. BN Road : from LIC Junction to JSS Medical College Junction - 1.4klm
6. KRS Road : from Dasappa Circle to Contour Road Junction - 3.3klm
7. Krishnaraja Boulevard Road : from Underbridge Junction (KG Koppal) till DC office arch gate - 1.8klm
8. Chamaraja Double Road : Ramaswamy circle to Eklavya circle - 500mys
9. from MUDA Junction to Bogadhi Junction - 4.7klm
10. Around mysore palace - 2.5klm
11. Vishwamanava Double Road : from Andolana Circle to P.B. Lingaiah Circle


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Old June 28th, 2012, 05:21 AM   #13
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Officials identify roads in Mysore to mark cycle tracks

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The tracks will be marked on either side of the road: Deputy Commissioner

As part of the initiative to popularise cycling to work among government officers and staff, the district administration, Mysore City Corporation and Mysore Urban Development Authority and the police visited several locations here on Wednesday to identify roads to mark cycling tracks.

Mr. Vastrad recently directed officers and employees of government departments to start cycling to work on Mondays.

Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, MCC Commissioner M.R. Ravi, MUDA Commissioner C.G. Betsurmath and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Shankare Gowda were present.

The tracks will be marked on either side of the road, Mr. Vastrad said.

The proposed tracks are on Ramswamy Circle to Railway Station (1.5 km), Irwin Road to Ayurveda Circle (650 m), Ayurveda College Circle to Highway Circle (2 km), Nelson Mandela Road to LIC junction (1.2 km), LIC junction to JSS Medical College (1.4 km).

Longest stretch

The longest stretch identified is from MUDA junction to Bogadi (4.7 km). The other tracks are: Dasappa Circle to Contour Road touching KRS Road (3.3 km), K.G. Koppal signal to Deputy Commissioner’s office via Krishnaraja Boulevard (1.8 km), Ramaswamy Circle to Ekalavya Circle via Chamaraja Double Road (500 m) and around Mysore palace (2.5 km).

Mr. Vastrad said there was a good response to the initiative on Monday.

The measure would save fuel, help bring down pollution and ensure good health. Those who could not cycle could walk to work or take public transport, Mr. Vastrad added.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 09:29 AM   #14
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Tracks should not be tarred road like done on Lalithmahal road. It should have barricades on entry to stop 2 wheelers and cars entering. The width on Lalithamahal Road is too much, even cars will enter if unbarricaded during choking.

If this is done in Bangalore, all the 2 wheelers will start entring it easily.




When traffic is bad, 2 wheelers will try to squeeze in.
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Tracks should not be tarred road like done on Lalithmahal road. It should have barricades on entry to stop 2 wheelers and cars entering. The width on Lalithamahal Road is too much, even cars will enter if unbarricaded during choking.
Hi vasanth,Lalithamahal road is not that wide,as show in that delhi pic.Also I am of the view that cycle tracks need to be tarred for the following reasons based on my experience at NIT trichy and IIT madras,where I rode my hercules top gear for 6 years.

- It is difficult to handle curves or in generak ride if the track gets slushy during rains.Water tends to collect in pockets if not tarred.This happened in our campus where we used to take short cut i.e. open sites slushy/uneven roads to reach our classes from hostels.

- Fine sand which mysore has in abundance, acts as a lubricant making cycles to skid while braking

-Tarring helps in draining water off the surface,it provides rigid base thereby ensuring better control over the cycle.
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Mysore to make its roads bicycle-friendly

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After becoming the first city in the country to encourage its bureaucrats to use bicycles to commute to office, Mysore will now have dedicated lanes for cyclists on some of its roads.

Eleven major roads—and a total of 20 km—will grant extra rights of way to cyclists in Mysore. A posse of officials, headed by deputy commissioner PS Vastrad, have asked traffic police and Mysore City Corporation to take up the task of marking these roads. The area reserved for cyclists will be painted in yellow.

Vastrad said this was a long-term plan. The markings on the road would indicate to other motorists to keep away from that portion of the road. Also, boards would be put up on these roads to tell people about bicycle-only lanes. He said notwithstanding the limited number of roads that have been identified for this project initially, soon the city administration would be able to cover a wider area and make it safe for cyclists.

Mysore has already started expressing its newfound love for cycling. The university campus at Manasagangotri is a case in point. Foreign students studying here have started buying bicycles. Some of the staff members who live in the university quarters have also bought bicycles and started using them.

Ramakrishnaiah, 51, is one such staff member. He said these days, cycles come with as many as 10 gears, disc brakes, and are light and safe. He said it is fun to ride the bicycles.

On Wednesday, he rode from Kamakshi Layout to Crawford Hall—a distance of five km—and now plans to do it every day.

The scene on the Amba Vilas Palace premises was even more encouraging: tourists were seen exploring the place on bicycles.

Deputy director of the Palace Board, TS Subramanya, said the board provides 10 cycles for tourists and they have to pay a nominal rent to use them. He said the number of bicycles would be increased soon. Subramanya himself has started using bicycle to come to office.

MUDA commissioner CG Betsurmath, Mysore City Corporation commissioner MR Ravi and Vastrad have also started coming to office on bicycle once a week (every Monday). They plan to make it two days a week soon.
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S Korean delegates pedal around Amba Vilas Palace

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20-member group in city as part of Indo-Korean exchange programme



Using bicycles, anacondas at Zoo and Mysore palace in its centenary year....

This was how the 20-member delegation from South Korea was introduced to the city on Thursday, by deputy commissioner P S Vastrad. The district administration, in association with Mysore Palace Board and Nehru Yuva Kendra, had organised the interaction programme.

Not that the visiting delegates, all youngsters, just got to know about cycling, they also had the privilege of pedalling within the precincts of Amba Vilas Palace.

Stacey Park, one of the delegates and the lone English speaking foreign guest was awe inspired to know about the city. Stacey told Deccan Herald, she would like to visit the city, especially the Palace, along with her family later.

 Though she had peeked into India on net, it was for the first time she was touring India, visiting places of tourist attractions and also strategic locations.

Earlier, the deputy commissioner explained about the green concept. When a delegate wanted to know further, the officer went into its nitty-gritty. “Being the second cleanest city in the nation, Mysore produces compost in a natural way.

It is being sold as ‘Mysore Gold’. Leaves falling from trees aren’t going waste, for the city is producing compost by mulching process. Also, vegetable waste is being diverted to Pinjrapole, to feed the cattle”, the officer explained.

The district has the credit of launching nearly 15 pilot projects, including Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the officer added.

Chairman of Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) S Sudhakar Shetty was inquisitive about their (Koreans) opinion on Indian education system.

What triggered his interest was five students from the same nation studying at Jnanasarovara International Residential School, Mysore (JIRSM), from the current academic year.

The delegates were felicitated with Mysore Peta, garland, besides T-shirts sponsored by S Sudhakar Shetty and former corporator D Nagabushan.

Prakash Vaidya, coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra, New Delhi, and also liaison officer for the delegation said Chamundi Hill and Infosys was also on the itinerary.

“They are in India as part of Indo- Korean exchange programme. The programme, in its seventh year, sends equal number of youth from India to Korea.

Police commissioner K L Sudheer, MCC commissioner M R Ravi, coordinator of NYK, Mysore, Prakash, deputy director of Mysore Palace Board T S Subramanya and other officers were present.
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Hi vasanth,Lalithamahal road is not that wide,as show in that delhi pic.Also I am of the view that cycle tracks need to be tarred for the following reasons based on my experience at NIT trichy and IIT madras,where I rode my hercules top gear for 6 years.

- It is difficult to handle curves or in generak ride if the track gets slushy during rains.Water tends to collect in pockets if not tarred.This happened in our campus where we used to take short cut i.e. open sites slushy/uneven roads to reach our classes from hostels.

- Fine sand which mysore has in abundance, acts as a lubricant making cycles to skid while braking

-Tarring helps in draining water off the surface,it provides rigid base thereby ensuring better control over the cycle.
Noted your points Akash. Are they making any bicycle special lanes connecting Jaganmohan Palace, Palace and Zoo Garden? That would be more helpful for tourists. The trucks in Santhepete in front of Jaganmohan palace poses danger to cyclists and pedestrains. Also the pavements in santhepet are stinky. To prevent jamming during Dasara, they should allow only cycles and city buses around Palace area.
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Pedestrians need to be protected from even cyclists?
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Noted your points Akash. Are they making any bicycle special lanes connecting Jaganmohan Palace, Palace and Zoo Garden? That would be more helpful for tourists. The trucks in Santhepete in front of Jaganmohan palace poses danger to cyclists and pedestrains. Also the pavements in santhepet are stinky. To prevent jamming during Dasara, they should allow only cycles and city buses around Palace area.
Hi,

I am not aware of bicycle lanes around jaganmohan palace and I think it is not feasible too. But yes,Cycle tracks are earmarked around the palace and in the palace premises.

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Ofcourse,a well defined track which is sealed from the main road and footpath will not have any conflicts with either of them.
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