Navi Mumbai: CIDCO floats EoI for operation of public bicycle sharing system

In absence of public transport for last mile connectivity, villagers rely either on their personal vehicles or have to walk the distance.

Amit SrivastavaUpdated: Tuesday, August 09, 2022, 09:45 PM IST
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The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has come up with a solution to make access to remote areas easier. It has floated an expression of interest (EoI) for the operation of public bicycles, e-bicycles, or e-scooter sharing systems in the CIDCO area in Navi Mumbai. In absence of public transport for last mile connectivity, villagers rely either on their personal vehicles or have to walk the distance.

CIDCO says that the objective of the public bicycle sharing system is to provide means of last mile connectivity and to propagate an environment-friendly mode of transportation. It will provide bare spaces for setting up stations for the operation of public-shared bicycles or e-bicycles.

Cycling is one of the most convenient modes for last-mile connectivity. It is not only eco-friendly, but also a low-cost, flexible, safe and comfortable option. There are many areas that lack good public transport system due to several reasons including limited population, the low feasibility of operation of public transport, and poor or narrow roads.

As per the EoI, CIDCO will provide space for parking bicycles or e-bicycles. The operator will have to develop at least 10 stations and provide a minimum of five bicycles or e-cycles. While the locations have not been decided, the recently developed Ulwe jetty will be one of them.

Considering the increasing usage of electric vehicles, the service provider will also be providing EV charging facilities in the stations allocated at its own cost. However, CIDCO will provide assistance in getting electricity connections and space for it. In addition, the operator will have to make available an operational smartphone mobile App for renting the public bicycle / e-bicycle / e-scooter.

Pramila Tawade, a resident of sector 12 in Kharghar said with the rising cost of fuel, cycling is one of the best modes of transportation and it should be made available at every node.

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