Clean Energy Nepal and Cycle City Network Nepal have installed a first bicycle parking facility in Durbarmarga. The main purpose is to provide safer dedicated parking space for cycle users, promote cycling and provide message of efficient use of scare urban space by bicycle. This is part of MaYA-Manav-kendrit Yatayat Abhiyan supported by UN-Habitat.
A stand to promote cycling
KATHMANDU, April 30: As part of their campaign to promote cycling in Kathmandu, a group of cyclists set up a bicycle stand in Durbarmarg on Wednesday. The cycle stand, which has been set up next to the main entrance of Annurpana Hotel, can accommodate ten cycles at a time.
Kathmandu Cycle City Network (KCCN) in collaboration with Clean Energy Nepal has established the cycle stand as part of their campaign entitled Manab Kendrith Yatayath Abhiyan (MAYA). KCNN has been organizing campaigns to mount pressure on the government to develop cycle lanes in the capital.
“After long protests, the government has developed cycle track in some of the expanded roads. But what the authority failed to realize is that we need a cycle stand, too. So, we have set up the stand to symbolically urge the government to develop the infrastructures in the city,” said Sailendra Dangol, vice-president of KCCN. He said cyclists in the capital have been facing parking problems as the parking areas in the capital usually remain occupied with motorbikes and four-wheelers vehicles.
The first public cycle stand installed at Durbar Marg in Kathmandu on Wednesday the initiation of Cycle City Network Nepal can accomodate ten bicycles at a time. (Bijay Gajmer/Republica)
“We have parking spaces allotted for motorcycles and cars. But there is not a single bicycle stand,” complained he. He said KCCN is likely to set up similar cycle stands in other parts of the capital including Basantapur area and Patan Durbar Square Area.
“Our initiative is to maximize use of cycles in the capital and protect environment. We believe that if we have the required infrastructures, many city dwellers will take to cycling in the future,” said he.
The cycle stand designed in the shape of car reads 1 car equals to 10 cycles.
“Symbolically, we want to convey message that cars are not eco-friendly and, on top of that, it occupies more space, causing traffic jams,” said he.