Karnataka

Bicycles to offer last-mile access to commuters

Eco-friendly:Over 450 bicycles are expected to be available for rental with about 52 docking stations planned at key locations in Mysuru.— file photo  

Integrating cycling with public transport for offering low-cost last-mile connectivity to commuters of intra-city bus services here has been one of the key aims of the Public Bicycle Sharing System (PBSS), which is set for a launch soon. The logo of PBSS, its slogan, model cycles and website were launched on Saturday.

PBSS proposes to combine the bicycle docking stations planned across various locations here with the city bus services as well as railway services to enhance public convenience and encourage use of public transport instead of private transport.

The full-fledged launch of PBSS is expected at a later stage as construction of bicycle hubs or docking stations at all identified points is yet to take off. But, PBSS is taking off with about 100 cycles and a dozen docking stations to spread the message of eco-friendly commuting.

KSRTC Mysuru Urban Divisional Controller Ramamurthy told The Hindu that by physically integrating docking stations with public transport like bus services, it will give the best option of last-mile connectivity to commuters, who can get down at a particular stop and hire a cycle either to reach their office, home or other destinations.

“The people behind implementing PBSS contacted me and shared the idea on integrating cycling with public transport. We are working on the concept as the idea promises to benefit bus commuters. We also need to look at public feedback,” he said.

Project cost



Described as the country’s first public cycling initiative aimed at popularising eco-friendly and non-motorised transport, the project is expected to cost Rs. 19.03 crore, including Rs. 9.15 crore capital cost and Rs. 9.88 crore for operating and maintaining it for five-and-a-half years.

In the beginning, over 450 bicycles are expected to be available for rental with about 52 docking stations planned at key locations in the city, including major tourist destinations.

PBSS initiative had been conceptualised by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Government of Karnataka with the Mysuru City Corporation being the implementing agency.

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