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New Delhi Municipal Council to build 50 bicycle sharing stations across central Delhi

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to start public bicycle sharing system across central Delhi and is eyeing to build 50 stations for it at busy points. In the phase 1 of the project, the civil engineering department of the NDMC will link important metro stations, office complexes, markets and tourist places through cycle track routes.

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2017 23:58 IST
Ritam Halder
Delhi Metro has cycle sharing facilities at 16 of its stations across the network. Specialised agencies are operating these stands.
Delhi Metro has cycle sharing facilities at 16 of its stations across the network. Specialised agencies are operating these stands.(Burhaan Kinu/ HT photo)

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to start public bicycle sharing system across central Delhi and is eyeing to build 50 stations for it at busy points.

In the phase 1 of the project, the civil engineering department of the NDMC will link important metro stations, office complexes, markets and tourist places through cycle track routes.

“As part of this initiative, cycles can be taken from any station and deposited at any other. This will benefit small distance commuters as well as the environment. The Mysuru City Corporation was the first city to introduce India’s first public bicycle sharing service in 2016. Even Chandigarh started a similar service in February 2017,” a senior NDMC official said.

According to him, this scheme, which is being done as part of the council’s smart city commitment, will aim at reducing the dependence on the motor vehicular movement in the city and help in reducing pollution level. “Instead of opting for a taxi or a bus, one can take a bicycle from one point and drop it on the next point, nearest to their destination,” he said.

The cycle track route or cycle stations are proposed to be placed in operation initially at the busiest metro stations to provide link with important destinations and office complexes.

In the second phase, the cycle stands will be constructed at seven other metro stations — RK Ashram Marg, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Janpath and Sarojini Nagar. In areas under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the stands will be introduced at Bhikaji Complex, Moti Bagh, New Delhi Railway Station, Atma Ram College, National Craft Museum and Delhi Zoo.

“After considering all 15 metro stations in NDMC area and the nearby important destinations and tourist places, the expected number of stands will be around 120 and 80km of road for cycle tracks will be covered,” the official said.

The Delhi Master Plan 2021 has suggested cycle tracks on all roads. In 1998, experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, led by Geetam Tiwari, had come up with a bicycle master plan for Delhi. However, proper implementation is yet to be a reality.

Two cycling projects, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System along the BRT corridor and DMRC’s stands outside many metro stations, have failed to take off with little interest from people to use bicycles. Metro, however, says the bicycle initiative has found a lot of takers.

“Delhi Metro has cycle sharing facilities at 16 of its stations across the network. Specialised agencies are operating these stands. The facility has become very popular, especially among students, in locations such as Viswavidyalaya,” a DMRC official said.

Anumita Roychowdhury, CSE executive director, research and advocacy, and head of the air pollution and clean transportation programme, said design challenges acted as hindrance for the previous attempts at encouraging bicycles.

“These were unsuccessful due to systemic design issues, such as poor network of stations, the requirement to return the cycle to the station from where it was hired from. Need these kind of destination-oriented models, where one can take a cycle from one place and return it to another, which is implementable,” she said.