Cyclists hold protests as India's Kolkata city bans cycling on key roads
KOLKATA (AFP) - Thousands of angry cyclists held noisy protests in the centre of the Indian city of Kolkata on Wednesday over a move by the local government to ban them from major roads in the congested metropolis.
Under beaming sunshine, they gathered in the Esplanade area of the former colonial capital, chanting "We want cycles back!" and holding placards which read "Turn off your engine. Kids breathe here!"
"Banning cycles in a city like Kolkata does not make any sense. It's a crazy decision," Mr Gautam Shroff, a spokesman for local cycling group Ride 2 Breathe, told AFP.
"We wonder when many countries are encouraging cycling in a bid to ease growing pollution, why the authorities put a ban on cycling here?" he said.