Smart city Bhubaneswar is planning to introduce Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system to fulfil its commitment towards non-motorised transport. As per the plan, 1200 cycles will be kept at 120 cycle docking stations across the city.
World cities like Paris has PBS system with 4,000 cycles, London comes with 8,300 and Montreal 5,120. Similarly, Indian cities like Karnal (200), Bhopal (500), Mysore (550), Ahmedabad (200) and Gurgaon have such system in place.
Mayor Anant Narayan Jena said – city will be divided into four major zones- educational institution, heritage, central business district and residential colonies for its implementation. “Minimum distance between two docking stations has been kept as 500 metres. There will be eight stations in one square kilometre area and coverage area of a zone will be 15 square km,” he added.
Jena said a third party will operate the cycle stations. “We will float a tender soon for the project. Then we will finalize cost structure and other components of the business,” he added.
Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) will implement the project, while the World Resource Institute (WRI) and Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre (BUKC) will be knowledge partners for the project to make the city more greener and less burdened with carbon emissions.