Green Transport: Public bicycle project in Bhubaneswar soon

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the much-awaited Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, residents of the capital city will soon be able to enjoy a pollution-free public bicycle ride.

As per sources, a total of 2000 bicycles ordered for public bicycle sharing (PBS) project have started arriving in the city.

What’s unique about the bicycle is that the ones used in the PBS system shall be of low-frame structure so that women wearing ‘Sarees’ can also ride them.

Adjustable seat height will make the bike easy to use by majority age groups like kids and students.

The bicycles would also be digitally mapped based on global positioning system (GPS) locations and will provide Mobile App based services to users to locate and use a bicycle. The bicycles will also be fitted with smart locks, which can be opened through mobile application by the users.

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Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has awarded the tender to three companies- Hexi Bikes, Yaana and Yulu Bikes to provide 1000, 500 and 500 bicycles respectively.

Both members and non-members can avail this low-cost, pollution free bicycle riding.

People with membership would not be charged for the first 30 minutes while after 30 minutes there will be charges as per the fee structure. The non-members, of the PBS system, however, have to furnish a minimal charge for the first 30 minutes as well.