Bhubaneswar: Good news for citizens of the No. 1 Smart City, on its foundation day. In order to fulfill its commitment towards facilitating non-motorised transport (NMT), the Temple City has done its ground work for the environment-friendly Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system, in which there will be 1,200 cycles and 120 cycle docking stations across the city.
While the city will be divided into four major zones i.e. educational institutions, heritage district, central business district and residential colonies, BDA, BMC and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) will implement the cycle sharing project and World Resource Institute (WRI) and Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre will be knowledge partners for the same to make the city more greener and less burdened with carbon emissions.
Today expert in PBS system, Ivan De la Lanza from Mexico City, a well-known authority on the system, during his talk at the Third Bhubaneswar Urban Lecture Series, spoke about different business models of PBS, currently in practice, around the world.
Participating in the discussion, BUKC Project Director Bankim Kalra said “in the Smart City proposal the city would have 120 km of complete street, which will have proper dedicated lanes/tracks for the bicycles. However, the existing cycle tracks developed by Public Works Department will also be used on priority to keep the process going during the initial phase.’’
Azra Khan of WRI (India) in her presentation said “the operating cost incurred by the service provider would be partly subsidised by the State Government. The operating revenue, however, will come from users, advertisement revenue from the rented space at the docking stations and annual cycle events by the operator/s. However, the sponsorship rights will remain with the government.’’