January 21, 2021

Bicycle sharing project test run starts in October-end | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: The ambitious public bicycle sharing project will kick off from the last week of October, with 100 bicycles and 10 docket stations at prominent locations, on a pilot basis.
People will be able to book cycles through a mobile application. The charges will be Rs 10 for the first hour and Rs 20 for another hour. Membership will be allowed in the later phase, with charges of Rs 5 for first hour and Rs 10 for another hour.
In the first phase, 10 docking stations are set up at sites drawing heavy footfall —Sukhna Lake, sectors 16, 17, 22, 35 and 43, PGI, Punjab and Haryana High Court. A total of 617 docket stations will be set up throughout the city in the final phase. The urban planning department of the UT administration has approved the locations. The company selected for the project must construct at least 155 docking stations by April 2021, according to the agreement.
Since the cycles have already reached the city, a temporary repair-cum-command-and control centre is constructed at the basement of the underground multi-level parking in Sector 17. Later, it will be shifted to a permanent site at Industrial Area.
Senior officer led by KK Yadav, municipal commissioner-cum-CEO of Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) assessed repair techniques and other aspects during a one-day cycle maintenance workshop organised at the underpass of sectors 16 and 17 on Saturday evening.
The CSCL will start a campaign of three to four month, holding a cycle rally in Sector 42 on Sunday and promotional events and programmes in the coming days, to veer the city’s interest towards cycling.

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