In a remarkable stride towards promoting eco-friendly and active mobility, Hyderabad, India, proudly inaugurated its first solar roof cycling track, Healthway. This innovative track, which is a pioneering initiative in the country, was officially opened by K Tarakarama Rao, the state Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister. Healthway aims to encourage cycling as a means of transportation while incorporating sustainability and technological innovation.
Notably, Healthway is the second of its kind globally, emphasizing Hyderabad’s commitment to embracing innovative and sustainable solutions for urban mobility. Situated on the bustling Outer Ring Road (ORR) between the main carriageway and the service road, this track is designed to be accessible 24/7. Its inauguration marks a significant step towards transforming Hyderabad into the active mobility capital of India.
The Path to Active Mobility
The 23-kilometer-long Healthway cycling track comprises two distinct stretches: a pink line spanning 8.5 kilometers from Nanakramguda to the Telangana State Police Academy and a blue line stretching 14.5 kilometers from Kollur to Narsingi. It boasts five different access points, making it convenient for cyclists across the city.
The Healthway track is thoughtfully designed as a three-lane pathway, extending 4.5 meters in width. With one meter of lush green space flanking each side, it offers cyclists a refreshing and scenic route. To ensure the convenience and safety of users, the track is equipped with several amenities, including:
- Parking Facilities: Ample parking space for cyclists.
- Surveillance Cameras: Enhanced security through continuous monitoring.
- Food Courts: Refreshment options for cyclists.
- Drinking Water: Hydration stations along the track.
- First Aid: Quick assistance in case of emergencies.
- Restrooms: Convenient facilities for cyclists’ comfort.
Recognizing the need for comprehensive support, Healthway will also feature bicycle repair shops. Additionally, cycle docking and rental stations will be set up to encourage both regular cyclists and those looking to explore this sustainable mode of transportation.
Harnessing Solar Power
One of the most impressive features of Healthway is its sustainable energy integration. A total of 16,000 solar panels have been strategically installed, harnessing the power of the sun to generate 16 megawatts (MW) of electricity. This solar energy will serve multiple purposes, including illuminating the track during the night and offering protection to cyclists from the sun, rain, and various weather conditions.
The inauguration of Healthway is just the beginning of Hyderabad’s journey towards fostering active mobility. Minister K Tarakarama Rao has revealed plans to replicate the success of this initiative in other areas, such as around the serene Gandipet Lake and in the bustling Financial District. These expansions will further solidify Hyderabad’s position as a city committed to sustainable urban development.