On Sunday, Hyderabad got its first bicycle track for the public. Hundreds of people participated in a "bicyclone rally" to mark the formal launch.
From Monday, a three km stretch on Necklace Road abutting the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city would be a bicycle zone between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Vehicles will not be allowed from Sanjivaiah Park to Prasad's IMAX.
Under the initiative of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC), 100 bicycles and helmets will be kept for those interested in bicycling. While this would be free till March 31, Rs.100 per month will be charged for maintenance from April.
Led by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, hundreds participated in the "bicyclone" rally. Greater Hyderabad mayor Majid Hussain and people from different walks of life participated.
The mayor said another cycling track would be opened in Hitec City. "We want to promote cycling among citizens so that they keep themselves healthy," he said.
"It is a major carbon free awareness and healthy living initiative," said Abhaya Shankar, Managing Director of Hyderabad Industries Limited (HIL), who not only participated in the rally but supported the event.