In city today: India’s first public bicycle service to be launched

The heritage city of Mysuru will today (Saturday) add another feather to its cap as Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) will introduce public bicycle sharing service in and around the city.

A website containing details of the public bicycle service along with logo will be released by Mysuru District In-charge Minister and PWD Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa at 4 pm at the Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple premises. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will launch the project with an experimental rally on July 24 and the service would be available to the people later.

Initially, two docking stations would be set up – one at the Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple premises and the other at V V Mohalla that are usually visited by tourists. 25 cycles have been procured and a token system would be introduced.

By introducing the public bicycle service, Mysuru will be the first city in the country to have a service of this kind. As per the initiative, MCC along with World Bank’s Global Environmental Facility Project and City Road Transportation Directorate has taken up the project at a cost of Rs 19.03 crore. Under this project, 450 bicycles will be stationed at 52 docking stations in the city.

The tender of the project has been given to Mysuru-based Green Wheel Ride Company and the bicycle design, stations and other things have been finalised.

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