Uttar Pradesh now has Asia’s first cycle highway. A first-of-its-kind project, the 207-km-long cycle highway runs between Etawah and Agra and was declared open on Saturday. A rally of 90 cyclists from five countries and across India followed the inauguration ceremony at the Lion Safari in Etawah.
Constructed by the UP public works department, the cycle highway runs parallel to the main highway and is about 7-feet-wide. A divider in between ensures the safety of cyclists. Along the way from Etawah to Agra, it dots 92 villages.
While the cyclists rode about 50 km on Saturday, from Etawah to Jarar, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who conceived the project following his experiences in cities like Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris, where cycles are used extensively in city commute, will welcome the cyclists in Agra on Sunday.