Calcutta, India, a city of 14 million, has banned cyclists from 174 major roads effective August 2013.

K. Hari Rajan, the assistant commissioner (traffic) of Calcutta police, said: “Cycling is banned on major thoroughfares of the city for two reasons: To ensure that traffic flow is not disturbed by the mix of fast-moving vehicles and cycles, as Calcutta has no provision for dedicated cycling lanes. There are also security concerns as bicycles are often used to plant bombs.”

Strangely, India’s National Urban Transport Policy is simultaneously ...

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