Bhubaneswar: Good news for citizens and travellers who want a healthy alternative to city-wide travel and sight-seeing. Bhubaneswar, the State Capital will now provide the privilege of cycling to all its residents, visitors and tourists on sharing basis. This will be available at a minimal rental cost to be paid by the user.
Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has awarded the tender to deploy 1,500 numbers of bicycles to two aspiring public bicycle sharing companies Hexi Bikes (1,000 numbers) and Yaana Bikes (500 numbers).
The bicycles will be robust inbuilt and structure and smooth for riding on city roads. The cycles will also be digitally mapped based on GPS locations and will provide Mobile App based services to users to locate and use a bicycle.
The Mobile App will also include provisions for online payment based on usage. The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), an SPV to manage urban transport in and around the city, and BSCL are also developing bike stations across the city, integrated with Bus Queue Shelters (BQS) to provide a common infrastructure for the multi-operator model.
All the deployment and implementations will be completed before Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup-2018. The docking stations for cycles would cover all areas including heritage area and Info City.
The bicycles will also be fitted with smart locks, which can be opened through mobile application by the users. The PBS users will be categorised into two types-members and non-members.
For the first 30 minutes for members, there would be no charge. However, after 30 minutes there will be charges as per the fee structure. The non-members, of the PBS system, however, have to furnish a minimal charge for the first 30 minutes as well.