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Transportation, Urban Design

Cyclists on the IT Corridor- Beware

Yes, we are all aware that Chennai isn’t the friendliest of cities when it comes to cyclists but here is something I spotted outside of Tidel Park along the very famous IT corridor/ Old Mahabalipuram road that totally baffled me. I mean what does this mean?!!!!

Does it indicate that cyclists are supposed to cycle only over the man-holes or from one such man-hole to another? I can’t imagine that to be a very comfortable ride…

Or are they simply saying that along this stretch cyclists only belong under the man-hole?

Or is it a bicycle parking spot??

Or is this an access door to a secret bicycle pathway/ network as part of the underground infrastructure of the city?

Now that makes me wonder what it would be like to be cycling beneath our cluttered road network? Imagine if we had a parallel car-free city functioning below where everyone only walks, cycles and uses public transport  to get around? Definitely makes a nice urban section!

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About Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over a decade of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States and a passion for creating livable and sustainable cities. She is the founder of Urban Design Collective (UDC), a non-profit organization that works as a collaborative platform to create better cities through community engagement. Vidhya also advocates sustainable development through training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups and also within academia through her association with a number of universities as guest faculty. In other parallel albeit real universes, she is a wishful artist, an avid wanderer, a constant gardener and a newly enthused cook.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Cyclists on the IT Corridor- Beware

  1. Its a Culvet reminding you that once such a Transportation mode exists – which humans used…….. which is healthier on all aspects of LIFE

    Posted by prakash | May 30, 2012, 4:49 pm
  2. i vote for the underground bycyclers club! it would be awesome, away from the heat, traffic … would be the fastest mode! oh, no wait a minute- we might be interupted by all the metro work! damn!

    Posted by balaji | May 30, 2012, 8:40 pm
  3. Balaji… Metro down under is not an interruption… it’ll be part of the sustainable transport network. If you get tired cycling you can simply park at one of the underground stations and hop on to the Metro! How cool is that?

    Posted by Vidhya Mohankumar | May 31, 2012, 12:28 pm

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