Issue 16: July 4 - 10, 2010pg
(Pic. courtsey: Tamil Nadu Cycling Club)
As a pilot projct th 1st, 2nd, 4thand 6th Avnus and 100 ft Road in Anna Nagar will gt cycl tracks.Not just cycl tracks, th Corpora-tion has also plans for walkways,drainag, dsignatd parkingaras, strtscaping, landscapingand spac for utilitis to b cratdundr this projct."Th pdstrian paths ar occupidby vndors and xtnsion of thshops. W gt a vry narrow path to walk at th nd," says Manish, a stu-dnt who walks to school."Cycling is vry good for halth andus of motorisd vhicls will bminimisd rsulting in clan air andnvironmnt," opins Kavya whouss privat van srvic to go toschool now. "If sparat cycl trackscom to bing, my parnts wouldallow m to us my bicycl to school.My hom is just two kilomtrs away from school," sh is xcitd about thida of bik lans.On thothr hand,Sukanya, amothr of twoschool-goingkids says thatsh is scardto s thtraffic aroundth schooljust bforand aftr thschool hoursand dos not want th childrn tous thir bicycls for this rason."Othrwis, I lov cycling and I wantmy kids to njoy cycling. Th biklan ida, if implmntd in th city, will b a dram com tru, for m!"sh says.Th corporation xpcts to rcivth dtails of study and plans withinthr months aftr which th work on bicycl tracks will start.
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Thr ar othr ways to njoy cycling than justgoing to school.On is to fol-low th calndar of Tamil NaduCycling Club.Th club organ-iss rids in andout of th city vry month. Th rid to Mahaba-lipuram is th favourit for many bicycl nthusiasts in Chnnai."Anyon who is capabl of cycling,from 10 yars and abov, can par-ticipat," says T.K. Vibhakr, prsi-dnt of th club. "Idally a bicycl with gar will suit for such rids," hadds.If you do not hav your own cycl,th club can lnd you on for a f."But this is on first com first srvbasis, sinc w hav limitd numbr of spar cycls,"says Vibhakr.Th rids nd witha brakfast andth xpnss arshard by th par-ticipants. Whil th cyclrids ar opn toall, you will rcivinformation of thschdul of th rids organisd, only whn you bcom a mmbr of thclub. If you hav a cycl and if your parnt nds anothr, you can hiron and go on a family rid!Thr is on coming up on July 18.Th rid starts at 10 p.m. from OMR Toll Prungudi and th rout is OMR - Sirusri and back.For mor dtails visit Tamil NaduCycling Club's wbsit: http://www.tamilnaducyclingclub.com
Love cycling? Try this!
* Adjust your bicycl to fit your hightso that your ft can touch th ground whn you stop th bicycl.* Th traffic laws apply to vrythingand vryon that travls on throad, Do not brak laws and rid onth wrong sid of th road.* Bfor riding, pump up tirs prop-rly and chck that your braks work.* Always rid bicycl with at laston hand on th handlbars.* B Prdictabl. Rid in a straightlin, not in and out of cars with sig-naling your movs to othrs.* Always look bhind you for a brak in traffic whn turning lft or right. Also giv a signal bfor making thturn.* To avoid th unxpctd from par-kd cars (lik doors opning, or carspulling out), rid far nough outfrom th curb.* Do not lav any part or strap of your bag hanging in nar th spoksof th whls.* Us bright colourd clothing if your ar riding in night.
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