Bhubaneswar: The cycles for the public bicycle sharing (PBS) project have started arriving in the capital city of Odisha. Easy to book, low cost and no pollution would be the three in-things of the city-wide PBS project, which would be ready to roll, very soon.
At least 2,000 cycles from three companies will ensure a healthy alternative to the city residents and also a possible green mode of transport for the visitors coming to the city, a BMC press release said.
While Hexi Bikes, a product of Hero Cycles will have 1,000 cycles under the PBS, Yaana and Yulu will have 500 each, it informed.
The bicycles will be robust in built and structure and smooth for riding on city roads. The cycles will 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. The PBS users will be categorised into two types, i.e. members and non-members. For the first 30 minutes for members, there would be no charge.
However, 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.
All the deployment and implementations will be completed before Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup-2018. The docking stations for cycles would cover all areas including heritage area and Info City.