Bicycle gross sales within the metropolis has witnessed a spurt through the coronavirus disaster with commuters searching for an excellent social distancing means and an alternative choice to public transport.
Bicycle gross sales within the metropolis has witnessed a spurt through the coronavirus disaster with commuters searching for an excellent social distancing means and an alternative choice to public transport. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged the police to provide cyclists extra entry to metropolis roads although
an organisation of bicycle fanatics mentioned, their demand for devoted cycle lanes on main routes was but to be met.
An official of a company of cycle fanatics informed PTI on Monday that a number of bicycle sellers knowledgeable him that there was a three-fold enhance in demand within the final two weeks.
As commuting has turn into troublesome because of insufficient transport services, many individuals are shopping for bicycles with trendy options priced between Rs 8,000-15,000 for long-distance rides, an official of the Kolkata Cycle Samaj mentioned.
“We all know of a minimum of 20 such instances up to now one week,” he mentioned.
An official of premium bike model Firefox mentioned, “All of the sellers are reporting greater than double in gross sales and the development may be very bullish.”
A couple of sellers in Bentinck avenue and Waterloo avenue in central Kolkata additionally confirmed that there was a pointy rise in shopping for premium bikes as bike-to-work has turn into modern and enquiries are pouring in for e-bikes too.
Vikash Shah, proprietor of Fashionable Cycle Mart in Sodpur within the northern outskirts of metropolis, mentioned, “Not like 7-10 bicycles within the vary of Rs 6,000- 20,000 being offered in pre-COVID-19 instances, we at the moment are promoting nearly double the quantity day by day since my store opened from June 1. And the patrons comprise each younger and middle-aged ones.”
In the meantime, the Kolkata Cycle Samaj which promotes eco-friendly journey, has demanded devoted lanes for bicycles on metropolis roads instantly after Kolkata Police issued a notification permitting motion of cycles on metropolis lanes solely.
The notification didn’t point out about utilizing cycles on public thoroughfares and flyovers, the organisation mentioned.
“If the state authorities doesn’t present a lot curiosity, discover your individual path, trek or cycle the space (as you want),” it mentioned in a Fb publish.
Anil Bhowmik, a member of Cycle Samaj and a bicycle fanatic mentioned, “Not a lot deveopment has taken place because the Kolkata Police notification. Let the ban on motion of cycles in sure components be lifted instantly.”
Septuagenarian Anup Tapadar mentioned if the federal government promotes biking in a pro-active method, it is going to additionally contribute to combating coronavirus as individuals will likely be
exercising extra which can increase their immunity.
One other bicycle owner Lipika Bhattacharya mentioned, “I do know of individuals going for brand spanking new fashions or retrofitting outdated fashions for commuting after discovering the situation of public transport not secure sufficient for journey.”
At instances, an individual travels over 30 km to succeed in his office, she mentioned.
“Now with the elevated variety of cyclists on highway day by day, the federal government ought to step in and permit them unhindered motion,” she reasoned.
On June 10, a day after the chief minister requested Kolkata Police to permit bicycles in sure public thoroughfares of the town because of paucity of public transport
throughout unlock 1.0, a notification was issued by the police permitting motion of cycles on lanes and by-lanes.
“Nevertheless, restrictions will proceed on the principle arterial roads, flyovers and another space as notified on occasion,” it mentioned.