The city beautiful is out with an out of block plan for the Smart City project to introduce public bicycle sharing system in Chandigarh. Chandigarh under Smart city project is planning to promote cycling in the city. The Chandigarh Smart City Limited with 10,000 cycles and 600 stations has invited companies for the same purpose and two companies seem to show some interest.
B Purushartha, CEO of Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) articulated that there was a huge need to promote cycling in the city. The firm will also be finalised soon. Earlier the companies were required to submit their proposal by 22nd February 2017 but now the date has been extended till 15th March 2017.
CSCL is also planning to take the initiative to introduce public bicycle sharing system in Chandigarh. The system will comprise of bicycle parking, design guidelines and a proposal for bicycling sharing system in Chandigarh with 10,000 cycles and 600 stations.
Higher authorities explained that they are looking for companies who already have experience of settling such kind of bicycle sharing system.
- GPRS to be installed in bicycles
- A central room to be set up
- Cycles will be kept at all important locations
- An hourly fee will be around Rs.5 for using the bicycle.
New cycling tracks
Certain new cycling tracks are also been constructed in the city for better mobility of the bicycles. The construction of these tracks is undertaken by Engineering Department. The first cycling roundabout was made at Sector 26 by UT Administration.
The Engineering Department of Chandigarh aim is to construct cycle tracks so that the cyclists do not face problems in crossing the roundabouts along with other vehicles.
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Merits of bicycle sharing system in Chandigarh
- This bicycle sharing system in Chandigarh will make people more fit.
- It will be a benefit for the tourists to travel to the major places.
- This system will help to move one step towards smart city project.
- It will help to reduce the pollution in the city.
Public bicycle sharing system in Chandigarh is surely a beneficial step for making a healthy & fit society. It is an innovative way to transform the city and taking it to another level.