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Is it time Indian cities think about sustainable transport?

MUMBAI: Starting May New York city will join the league of many global metros that boast of a bike sharing programme for its citizens. It will ensure bike depots at every nook and corner from where New Yorkers can rent and deposit bikes for their rides.

The city’s eco-friendly transition coincides with a recent global meet of Asian countries to address transportation as an important means to fight climate change and achieve sustainable development. “As agreed at the Rio+20 Summit, and as can be seen day by day through the innovative steps being taken in the world’s cities and towns, local governments have a crucial role to play in steering the world towards a path of truly sustainable and equitable urban development,” said UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon in his address at the meet. The delegates explored various sustainable mechanisms including bike sharing, integration of public transport modes and greening of pedestrian pathways.

The ideas might seem lofty given the over-streched and shoddy condition of public transport in most Indian cities today. But adopting such measures will be imperative for urban India, sooner or later.
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