Why not separate lanes for only bicycles?One often hears that in huge cities abroad, there are tracks for cyclists. They happily use such tracks to cycle to even office.
Our cities are so crowded that it may not be possible to have such lanes. However, cant some by lanes of important localities be totally banned for everything except bicycles, as there will be less pollution, and one can reach short distances of up to two kilometers on bicycles. In fact, there should be plenty of shops that could rent out such bicycles. If we can somehow implement this in some major cities, at least to that extent, pollution will be less. For instance, in Chennai, apart from the main roads, there are small roads within localities like Anna Nagar. If we can close some small roads and make that available only for bicyclists, the number of people who would prefer bicycles will be more and pollution will be less, for example, to reach Anna Nagar bus station. The police should earmark such routes and implement the same immediately. Of course, alternate roads may be used for all other vehicles.
I do not know how far this is feasible, but can we give this a try?