Too much traffic in Calcutta, so city bans bicycles

nobikesAs one of the largest cities in the world, traffic congestion is nothing new in Calcutta, India. But local authorities put the blame not on the growing numbers of cars on the narrow, centuries-old streets, but rather on bicycles, rickshaws and other non-motorized transportation.

According to the BBC, commuters make 2.5 million trips on bicycles in Calcutta every day, but the new law prohibits them from 174 major roads and thoroughfares.

Signs are popping up across the city announcing the prohibition, as have groups of cycling advocates that are protesting the ban. Many riders are simply ignoring it, and taking the chance of being fined or having their bicycle confiscated.

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