30 Sep 2013

Calcutta traffic police ban cycling

11:14 pm on 30 September 2013

In a surprise move, authorities in India's eastern city of Calcutta have banned cycles - along with hand carts and other non-motorised vehicles - from 174 key roads and streets in the city during the day.

The BBC reports that commuters make more than 2.5 million trips on bicycles in Calcutta every day.

But the local police say that though the city may have fewer cars than Mumbai and Delhi, its narrow and congested roads cannot cope with the different types of vehicles that use them.

The deputy commissioner of the city's traffic police, Dilip Kumar Adak, says bicycles slow down traffic and removing them will make the streets safer and traffic speedier.