cycling in india
Hi dirtbikedude, Mediacreations & all,
although i had posted a reply abt biking in my city(india), i am stretching it a little bit.
Mediacreations, I welcome you to cycle delhi's streets(with caution) during feb next year(had u ever been on a bike trip b4 in this part?).
I am from near deep south from a city called chennai capital of tamil nadu.
Sad part is I had never been to delhi and have no plans for a visit in the near future.
But i can say a lot about cycling in Delhi and that applies to India in general.
India has a population whose attitude towards road safety is the attitude a race driver has and add a whole lot of ego and disregard for other road users.
Here are some of the tips that might help:
1. India's roads are the most dangerous, placing it at the top of international list in number of fatalities and grevious injuries(fatalities 90000/year, grevious injuries 200000/year).
2. Delhi tops the list within India, with the most of the culprits from bus and heavy vehicle category.
3. Never expect the other road users to yield or stop at intersections or even at signals, think twice b4 u proceed on recieving a green signal.
4. Any driver who has caused a fatal/grevious accident can bail out the same day, the bail amount in most of the cases being a paltry Rs 1500 & above (US$32) and most of the trials end up with the driver being convicted and fined a paltry amount of the above said magnitude.
5. Twowheelers, cyclists & pedestrians form 60% of road accident victims.
6. If u bring in a bike form your own country, u shud be aware of thefts. Bicycle thefts are most common in india. Geared/sports cycles are especially vulnerable coz the thieves break away with the gear equipment!
7. With the recent boom in mobile phones, its advisable for foreigners to carry one around.
8. Its always hot and humid most of the time, keep adequate amount of fluids handy.
9. One of the most bitter fact is in some of the accidents the drivers responsible for accidents are at greater risk of being severely beaten up by the surrounding public.
Other horrifying fact is some inhuman cops/people take some valubles away from unconcious accident victims.
So its always advisable to carry less valubles/money, keep an identity handy for identification and there are numerous NGO's helping trauma victims.
10. Besides threat from road users there are death traps in the form of municipal road diggings, dangerous protrusions on pavements, snapped transmission wires, death pits covered with water during rains....
11. LADIES BEWARE, females shud always be aware of sexual harrasments on road in the form of screams, vulgar comments/hand signs and in extreme cases being knocked down by the offender's vehicle.
I am very sorry for typing this bad about my country, but its the fact. But if u can swim(pedal) thru it then you might see India as it is, a million times different from the organised west.