Thursday, 5 April 2018

Committed to Cycling 

Municipal 
Commissioner Kunal Kumar with the newly formed Bicycle Department and the public bicycle share companies.

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New Bicycle Department formed at PMC
A Bicycle Department has been set up at PMC to implement the Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan which was recently approved by the General Body. The mandate of the department is to ensure the development of cycle tracks and cycle parking, oversee public bicycle share systems, coordinate with Traffic Police for traffic discipline for making cycling safer. The Bicycle Department will also take up activities to popularise cycling and to conduct participatory audit by cyclists as the infrastructure gets developed.
This new Bicycle Department at PMC is headed by Mr Narendra Salunkhe, Superintending Engineer, and has 6 staff members, within the Traffic Dept. The Bicycle Department has already been holding weekly meetings with the public bicycle share companies, Road Dept, Metro to plan and coordinate these activities.
According to Mr. Kunal Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, "the formation of the Bicycle Department is part of the commitment made by the PMC to promote bicycling in the city. We are very serious about this sustainable transport mode, and it requires dedicated staff to create and maintain the infrastructure".
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It was a pleasure & an honour for Prasanna Desai Architects, Pune (PDA) to have been associated as an Urban Design Team with preparation of the Pune Cycle Plan along with lead consultant iTrans, New Delhi ( Dr. Anvita Arora ) & CEE Pune ( Ms. Sanskriti Menon )
The two year journey has reached its first mile stone and we are thankful to Mr. Kunal Kumar the Municipal Commissioner, Mr. Srinivas Bonala, Mr. Sanjay Pol & Mr. Narendra Salunke.
We would also like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the BAC ( Bicycle Advisory Committee ) consisting of Mr. Ranjit Gadgil ( Parisar ), Mr. Harshad Abhyankar ( ITDP ), Mr. Ajay Phatak, Mr. Jayant Joshi, Mr. Binoy Mascharenhas ( WRI ), Mr. Vikas Thakar and Mr. Rutul Joshi for their guidance & support throughout the preparation of the cycle plan for their guidance & support throughout the preparation of the cycle plan.

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