Smart city Bhubaneswar is planning to introduce Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system to fulfil its commitment towards non-motorised transport. As per the plan, 1200 cycles will be kept at 120 cycle docking stations across the city.
The programme will be implemented by the end of next year. A range of bicycles, including standard type and power run-pedelec bicycles, will be introduced.
World cities like Paris has PBS system with 4,000 cycles, London comes with 8,300 and Montreal 5,120. Similarly, Indian cities like Karnal (200), Bhopal (500), Mysore (550), Ahmedabad (200) and Gurgaon have such system in place.
A rider will have to visit a designated docking station and hire a bicycle to roam around the city. There will also be parking yards, where only the bicycles – hired from the docking stations – can be parked. There will also be parallel cycle tracks on roads.
The smart city authorities have floated the tender to select a contractor for the programme. The contractor will prepare a complete system coverage plan, which includes identification of two project areas of 5-10sqkm, each one in proximity to Saheed Nagar and another in the Infocity area.
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