62 bike-share sites to change over viability concerns: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, August 17

A year after the City’s Bike Share (PBS) project was launched, the UT administration has decided to relocate 62 sites to make it more viable for the company running operations. . While some locations will be completely changed, others will see minor changes, including moving the current dock closer to the road.

Last mile connectivity

  • The company that manages the operations had expressed concerns about the financial viability of the project
  • The authorities will now offer them sites from which advertisements on docking stations will be more visible
  • While some locations will change, others will see changes including moving docking stations closer to the road
  • Additional docking stations will be open near the Bus Queue Shelter to provide last mile connectivity

Additional docking stations will be opened near bus queuing shelters to provide last mile connectivity. “The idea is that riders can reach the bus stop by bicycle and take the bus directly or vice versa, without having to travel long distances,” an official said.

The decision was made at a meeting chaired by UT Councilor Dharam Pal today. The meeting came after the company managing the operations raised concerns about the financial viability of the project.

To allay their concerns, the authorities will offer them sites from which advertisements on docking stations will be more visible.

“We, along with traffic police and agency officials, will inspect all 62 sites next week for a location change. We will submit a report to the UT administration after which a decision on the whereabouts points will be made,” Commissioner MC Anindita Mitra said.

On August 12, 2021, the UT administration had launched the first phase of the project, with 1,250 bikes at 155 docking stations across the city.

The second phase was launched in February this year adding an additional 1,250 bikes. Currently, 2,500 bikes are provided at 310 docking stations across the city.

In addition, it is planned to increase the number of bicycles to 5,000 and the number of docking stations to 617 in one year. “According to the contract, 10% (about 62 sites) of the total 617 sites can be changed,” an official said.

The project is operated by Smart Bike Tech Pvt Ltd, based in Hyderabad, for a period of 10 years on the basis of public-private partnership.