How many lives and accidents more are we waiting to realize that the strict rules regarding bicycle safety needs to be enforced soon? A motorbike zooming in with a speed in front of a helpless bicycle rider,hitting the front wheel and dragging it for few second and absconding from the scene. This kind of incident is common now a days as commuters via bicycle has dramatically increased in Kathmandu valley since economic embargo. With more number of such commuters and without proper rules and regulations, we are at great risk of raising the the percentage of accidents and death following it. Its a high time that the authority take a responsible action on these matter. Yes, bicycle lanes are of priority for safety and we can also understand that it takes some essential amount of budget and notable development effort to transform the unconventional roads of the country to cycle friendly one. This, no doubts needs years. But why aren’t we applying efforts that are easier just need some intellectual effort, not a budget eater and would produce results as soon as it comes into an effect. To start with,we just need a simple traffic rules to ensure helpless bike riders ride safely, nothing much fancy. This should not take long if we start soon.Its the utter ego and recklessness of the motor vehicles that are the causes of accidents most of the times. And these are all driven by lack of proper law and prosecution against such accidents.
I am not saying that all of the bicycle accidents are the result of recklessness and ego of the drivers, but majority of them are. There are some bicycle riders who love to perform stunts in the middle of the busy road too. Having said that, these constitute just a small fraction of the majority. Every other day I check the accident portion of various newspapers and every other day I see the a cyclist being hit by a truck,motorbike etc and driver absconded with ease. Its the affordability of running away and feeling confident is what exacerbating the situation for cyclist. Had they been prosecuted in compliance with the proper laws, for sure, situation would have been different.