Mysureans and those visiting the city will soon have another public mode of transport beside buses and auto rickshaws.
The city is all set to launch the much anticipated Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) in a week from now on a six-month experimental basis. Mysuru will be the first city in the country to have such a facility covering the entire city.
Initially, the bicycles will be made available only at six docking stations which will be extended to all 52 docking stations after six months. These docking stations will be located near tourist places, major markets, important places of city and colleges.
The facility allows the users to pick up drop off a cycle from any of the 52 docking stations. To avail the facility, the users have to register themselves either through the website www.mytrintrin.com, Trin Trin registration centres or through Trin Trin mobile app. Those registered members will be provided smart card which will have top up facility. Membership fee is Rs 250.
District In-charge Minister H C Mahadevappa launched the logo (Trin Trin), tagline (Peddle with pride) and website on Saturday. He said provision will be made for bicycle tracks in all the future road projects in the state. There will be bicycle tracks at some stretches on Mysuru-Bengaluru road after widening, he said.
Deputy Commissioner C Shikha said during the launch of ‘Trin Trin’ logo and website that the district administration was in talks with KSRTC over a tie-up enabling users to avail both bus and cycle facility with the same smart card.
MCC is expected to get an annual revenue of Rs 4 crore through PBS, Shikha added.
In all, 430 single speed cycles and 20 multi-speed geared cycles will be made available. M/S Green Wheel Ride has bagged the tender to operate the facility. The total project cost Rs 20.50 crore out of which Rs 7.70 crore is the initial capital cost and the remaining Rs 12.80 crore is meant for operation and maintenance of the system for a period of six years. World Bbank, Directorate of Urban and Transport (DULT) and MCC have jointly funded the project.