Trichy City Corporation identifies spots for bicycle-sharing hubs
To promote Non-Motorised Transportation (NMT) system, Trichy city corporation has identified 50 spots across the city viable to serve as bicycle hubs. The hubs termed as docking points or docking stations are part of bicycle sharing system that comes under Smart City Mission which will help the public to hire a bicycle for a price and return it in the same or at similar docking points.
The civic body identified that bicycle sharing would have desirable patronage among residents. Cashing in the situation, Trichy Corporation as a part of smart city proposal has taken up efforts to introduce bicycle sharing system in the city to promote a healthy lifestyle and to bring down pollution caused by motorised vehicles.
The civic body has identified as many as 50 spots which could serve as docking points, a hub to hire a cycle for a price and to return the same. The civic body would float a tender to identify a firm that could manage city’s bike sharing system. Firms that offer bicycle ride for minimal tariff would be given opportunity, and the system would cover all crucial parts of Trichy.
The civic body would hand over the advertisement rights in docking points to the firm that manages bicycle sharing system. The position of bicycles can be tracked live with GPS-enabled mobile application network. A minimum of five bicycles per docking point will be made available initially. In the first phase, at least 25 of the 50 docking points covering the city will be established. The corporation will provide the space for docking points.
The system is likely to be available for public use in next three months.