Do you know the time it takes to travel 1km in Kathmandu Valley?
These days it’s almost 1 minute. Thanks to Dashain Festival.
To witness such a wide open road is such a marvelous experience during this time of the year. The roads are less dusty, less traffic, less people and less pollution. Environment is so clean and fresh. But, this is not going to last long. I wonder when we (Kathmandu citizen) would be blessed with such environment24/7 and 365 days.The normal day, right after Dashian festival, with traffic congestion and fog of dust is not too far.
Roads will soon be over occupied by vehicles and people squeezed inside public transportation.The worst road in the city just adds to the pain.I feel like every day more vehicles are being added in the name of mass transport. And this never ending road constructions to expand road in every next street for so called “Smooth Flow of Traffic” is not going away anytime soon. I strongly feel the initiation to make Kathmandu – A Cycle City is a solution to so many problems. It is better for environment and is economically viable.
Out of all the vehicles, 50% of them are motorbikes. This is the current scenario of vehicles that runs in the Kathmandu city. The only reason for the increasing motorbike is just because they are comparatively easier to beat these traffic jams. By providing a separate lane and motivating our people to ride bicycles instead of motorbikes, this will lots of money. This solution will not only save the transportation cost but also will play a major role in reducing trade deficit of the Nepal Government.
Let’s assume, 400,000 motorbikes run daily in Kathmandu, consuming 1liter of petrol. The average price of each bike is 150,000/- and their daily dose of petrol costs around 40,000,000/-. The cost of maintenance and its repair are additional, not to forget these parts are not manufactured in Nepal. Let’s forget about the repair and maintenance part here. Most of our money is spend on petrol, without petrol a motorbike is a scrap metal. For an assumption, if we concentrate only on the money spend of filling these motorbike.The yearly petrol expenses of 400,000 motorbikes is around 14,600,000,000/-. What if this huge amount is spend on making a separate cycle lane? This will reduce the need of petrol and ultimately increases the backup days of petrol reserve.
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Bicycle is also evolving according to time. The lock system, break, view mirror everything has been digitized making it easier and safer to ride. These bikes prices ranges from very low to high which is affordable to everyone. Additionally, the cost of maintenance and its spare parts are negligible. Right now, it is definitely not safe to ride a bicycle or even a motorbikes in Kathmandu city. Hence, the need of a “Separate lane for bicycles”is huge.
Recycling vehicles is another major issue. There is no place for recycle in Nepal which is increasing rapidly. We do not know where we are going to dump these scrap vehicles in coming future. This will maximize the environmental issues. The case is different for bicycle. It has very few parts and can easily be recycled. Also, Nepal is capable of manufacturing bicycles which will increase direct and indirect employment.
I immensely support the idea in making The Kathmandu – A Cycle City and request the Government of Nepal on focusing and investing your time for the same. Along with road expansion, let’s concentrate on “Lanes for Bicycles”. This will help strengthening our Nepal in many ways as well as improve the environmental conditions.