Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, July 6: – Soon four metro stations in Bengaluru will get Public Bicycle Sharing System (PBS) equipped with GPS and 350 docking stations with high footfall.
According to Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), four metro stations in the Central Business District (CBD) area will have bicycle parking lots in their vicinity.
After a resounding success in other cities like Mysuru, the CM Siddaramaiah government plans to extend to the PBS to metro cities to avoid pollution and affordable mode of transportation.
N Murali Krishna special director of DUT said, at the Phase-I of the project costs between 60 to 70 crore plans to cover 20sqkm of the city’s total area of 790 SQ km
The docking system would be positioned within 300 to 500m of one another. The docking stations will come up on MG Road, Vidhana Soudha, Indiranagar and Cubbon Park metro stations, each docking station will be having a length of 12m and width of 3 to 4m.
Initially, the PBS system will operate from 6 am to 10 pm, if there is a demand to extend the time; operation time will be extended up to 11 pm.
Explaining the operation aspect of the scheme DULT official said if a person wants to hire a bicycle needs to register online, using an Identity card. The bicycle riders need to swipe the card which works on Radio Frequency Technology RFI, to unlock the vehicle. The bicycle need not be brought back to the same docking point; it can be dock nearest point to the commuter place.
People are not allowed to keep the bicycle back home at night. To popular the scheme, the bicycle user will not be charged for up to one hour. Rupees five will be charged for every succeeding hour. If a bicycle was stolen or lost it can be tracked using Global Positioning System GPS, the senior official said.
– (NAV, Inputs; Agencies)