When Bengaluru gets its Public Bicycle Sharing System (PBSS) up and running with nearly 4000 bicycles and 350 docking points, 4 metro stations in the Central Business District (CBD) will get docking points.
Lalitha S reports for The New Indian Express that metro stations including Indiranagar, MG Road, Vidhana Soudha and Cubbon Park will get docking points.
This is mentioned in the project proposal sent by Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) to the state government for approval, states the report.
With the sharing system project covering a distance of 20 sqkm at an estimated cost of Rs 60 crore- Rs 70 crore, every docking station will be set up some 300-500 m from each other.
Giving further peek into the details of the project proposal, the newspaper reports that the docking points will have a length of 12m and a width of 3m to 4m. Other points identified to set up docking points are BDA complexes, BBMP offices, traffic and transit management centres, says the report.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had, in his budget speech, proposed the idea of a bicycle sharing system to be set up in Bengaluru. Special officer of DULT Murali Krishna told TNIE that the sharing system will function from 6 am to 10 pm. Commuters can avail the service by registering online or at registration centres that will come up later. Using a swipe card, every commuter can avail the bicycle service.
With GPS installed in every bicycle, the officials feel that they can prevent the bicycles from being stolen.
In an interview given to Charan Sadu of The Times of India on April 1, Darpan Jain, commissioner of Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), said that the bicycle sharing system will ensure last mile connectivity to commuters.
"It will promote non-motorized transport, particularly for short commutes. Besides offering people last-mile connectivity to other modes of transport, PBS will help tourists explore the city," he was quoted as saying.