Bengaluru will soon have a public bicycle sharing system with 4000 bicycles and 350 docking points
Citizens of Bengaluru may soon be able to ride a bicycle to get to their destinations. The BBMP and the Directorate of Urban Land Transport have started working towards a public bicycle sharing system (PBS) that will comprise nearly 4,000 bicycles and 350 docking points. The model is similar to the Trin Trin project in Mysuru, which was launched on 4th June.
A final survey has been completed and the project is before the State government for clearance. We are not waiting for ideal situation of creating lanes and then introducing cycles. For instance, cycle sharing is feasible in the Cubbon Park surroundings without waiting for dedicated lanes. We are identifying footpaths and government land where dedicated tracks can come up, said Special Officer for DULT N. Murali Krishna.
The civic body and the DULT will put in place the infrastructure and dedicated cycling tracks after identifying suitable areas with heavy influx of people, while the manufacturer is expected to provide the bicycles. These docking points are likely to be located on or near Indiranagar, MG Road, Vidhana Soudha and Cubbon Park Metro stations and will have a perimeter of 12m in length and 3m to 4m in width.
The focus was on providing last-mile connectivity to metro stations. We will be looking at commute to IT parks in Whitefield from nearest metro stations, said BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad.
The cyclist will be charged 5 for every succeeding hour. The GPS system will help to keep the track of the movement of the bicycle.