Last week, at an interaction by the Nepal Cycling Society, the Director General of the Department of Roads promised that once the Chinese provide detailed designs for the second phase of Ring Road expansion, he would see to it that cycle lanes are included. Cyclists are hopeful but not convinced, promises have often been broken.
In 2009, a group of students started Kathmandu Cycle City 2020 campaign to turn the valley into a bicycle-friendly zone. Although bicycle activism has had some impact, overall the results are frustrating.
While campaigning in the 2017 elections, the mayor published a flyer promising to turn Kathmandu into a Cycle City. After he won, the city’s Policy and Programs mentioned that a Cycle City master plan would be prepared and lanes set aside along the Bagmati corridor. But neither the master plan nor the cycle lanes ever materialised.