Friday, April 6, 2018

Pune civic body sets up bicycle department


PUNE: A bicycle department has been set up at the Pune Municipal Corporation to ensure the development of cycle tracks, parking facilities and oversee public bicycle sharing initiatives in the city.

The Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) has launched public bicycle sharing service in Pune. As many as 3500 cycles are being operated in association with private firms. These bicycles were available for free of cost initially, but now nominal rent is being charged from users.

The first phase of the service in collaboration with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) was inaugurated on December 5, 2017. As many as 100 cycles were introduced at the university campus.

According PMC’s proposal of bicycle plan, “Pune can be a city where people find cycling, using public transport and walking convenient, comfortable, safe and attractive. The plan is a part of the efforts by the PMC to transform transportation in the city.”

Top four objectives of the plan include creating cycle network draft plan with over 300 km of tracks, design cycle tracks, create a public bicycle share system with over 3000 cycles, over 250 stations in 40 areas, and enforcement plan with physical design of tracks to prevent encroachment, cycle wardens, CCTV and e-challans.


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