January 25, 2021

Call to revive bicycle sharing project gets louder | Coimbatore News

Coimbatore: While the city corporation has put the bicycle sharing project on hold, cycle enthusiasts have urged the civic body to revive the same by putting in place the necessary infrastructure first.
The city corporation had rolled out the project on a pilot basis at RS Puram for three months in 2018. The project, however, could not be implemented at Saibaba Colony and Vadavalli as planned, after the civic body failed to find a suitable bidder to execute the same. As its repeated attempts to find a contractor didn’t yield any results, the civic body had decided to put it on hold.
Guinness P K Kumar, a cycle enthusiast, said if the corporation were to introduce the bicycle sharing system, people would gradually make that a success. “They are aware of the benefits of cycling and would come forward to use them. It would help us overcome lifestyle disorders, while reducing the pollution level in the city. The project, however, wouldn’t be successful without creating proper cycle tacks on the roads.”
R Ravindran, secretary, Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore, also said the city corporation should create proper infrastructure before implementing the project. “Presently, pedestrian paths are occupied by the hawkers and the former are walking on the road. The city roads have to become bicycle-friendly first.”
Pointing out that the vehicle population was higher than the roads could afford and there were no enough parking facilities, K Kathirmathiyon, of Coimbatore Consumer Cause, wondered how it was possible to introduce the bicycle sharing system in the city.

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