Noida: Under the green initiative campaign, the footpaths were painted red and declared as cycle tracks in Noida. The Noida Authority had implemented the green initiative of the Uttar Pradesh government in 2016.
However, the efforts did not bear fruits as most of the cycle tracks are now encroached by street vendors and also not properly managed.
In our series 'Bicycle Grief', CitySpidey is highlighting the current state of cycle tracks in the National Capital Region. The issues with cycle tracks are a topic of discussion these days as a cyclist was dangerously hit by an overspeeding car in Noida.
On Wednesday, CitySpidey team visited Sector 104 in Noida to check the current state of the cycle track. Near Hanuman Mandir, we found trees and structural defects in the middle of the track. We also saw cow dung and several vehicles like cars and motorbikes parked on the cycle lane.
The red colour of the cycle track has literally vanished, making it difficult to differentiate it from the normal road.
Earlier on Tuesday, CitySpidey reported the bad state of the cycle track in other areas of Sector 104. The story was the same. The colour had fainted and it was very difficult to spot the cycle track as if it was non-existent.
Gautam Budh Nagar has witnessed many accidents involving cyclists in the past. In the year 2013, Ruma Chatopadhaya died in an accident on the Noida Expressway while cycling with her group. Recently, a rider, Manish Jayal from Mayur Vihar Phase-I, met with an accident that landed him in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital but he recovered.