To promote eco-friendly transportation and alleviate traffic congestion, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has officially announced the initiation of the ‘Cycling as an Alternative Transport’ project. The ambitious venture aims to construct over 146 kilometers of dedicated cycling lanes across Islamabad’s federal capital.
CDA Reveals Cycling Project
The comprehensive plan, scheduled to be completed by February 2025, seeks to not only reduce the carbon footprint but also create a more sustainable and accessible mode of transport. The CDA emphasizes the importance of fostering a cycling-friendly environment by providing protected paths, making it accessible to all, including women and senior citizens.
The project will be executed in three distinct phases, with the initial phase commencing in February and March of the upcoming year. During this period, the CDA will focus on establishing bicycle lanes along prominent areas such as Jinnah Avenue, Margalla Road, G-7, and G-6.
The second phase, set to unfold from May to November, will witness the extension of bicycling lanes to cover the remaining 14 sectors and major avenues throughout Islamabad. The final phase, slated for December 2024 to February 2025, will see the construction of bicycle lanes along the Srinagar Highway and Islamabad Expressway, extending up to PWD.
In a groundbreaking move, the CDA also intends to introduce electric bikes in the project’s concluding phase. Partnering with a private company, the authority plans to make electric bikes available for rent at 72 locations throughout the city. These electric bikes will travel through dedicated lanes on signal-free roads at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.
The Member of Technology and Digitization revealed that the entire project is projected to cost Rs. 1.5 billion, as outlined in the prepared Project Concept-I (PC-I). The PC-I, highlighting the frequent use of public transport by Islamabad residents and the myriad benefits of the project, will be discussed in detail during the upcoming CDA board meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
With this transformative initiative, the Capital Development Authority is set to revolutionize transportation in Islamabad, offering citizens an eco-friendly and efficient alternative while simultaneously addressing environmental concerns and traffic congestion.