Bicycle commuters make more than 2.5 million trips in Calcutta every day.
More trips are made on bike than in a car.
Why then has the Indian city effectively banned cycling?
Police say the reason is: growing traffic. The roads of the city are often narrow, clogged lanes on which cars, cycles, buses, auto-rickshaws, motorbikes, cycle-rickshaws, hand-pulled rickshaws, and tramcars, and human beings fight for space.
Average traffic speeds just 8 mph-11 mph (14-18 kmph).
Protests are now engulfing the city. Protestors are a combination of rickshaw drivers, environmentalists, and cycling advocates.
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If a heavy-handed government here in Kyoto were to try that, housewives would riot - and the government and police would back down in seconds.
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