Chandigarh’s unique idea to tackle air pollution (Dec onwards residents can hire e-bikes to travel across the city)

Sat, 2020-07-25 11:38 -- SCC India Staff


Come December, residents of Chandigarh will be able to rent e-bikes from around 60 cycle docks across the city, in addition to the ordinary cycles. The initial plan of the public bicycle sharing system comprised only ordinary cycles. But, after a recent meeting between the Chandigarh Smart City Ltd (CSCL) and the private company entrusted with the implementation of the project, even pedal-assisted bicycles or electric-bicycles (e-bikes) will be made available under the project.

E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and can reach speed of up to 30km per hour. The electric motor installed on the cycle is meant to add to human power generated through pedalling and not completely replace it.

“In a recent meeting with the company, we requested them to provide e-bikes in addition to ordinary cycles under the public bicycle project. The company has agreed to our request at no additional cost,” said NP Sharma, chief general manager, CSCL.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by November-end. Cyclists in city can expect to start hiring cycles on rent in September itself when a few cycles docks are expected to be ready.

In the first phase, 600 cycles, including e-bikes, will be available on hourly rent basis at 60 dock stations across the city. After the project is completed, which is expected by June 2021, as many as 5,000 ordinary cycles and 600 e-bikes will be available at 617 dock stations.

According to the agreement, the firm will execute the project in multiple phases over the course of the next 18 months, and has to make available 2,000 cycles at 200 dock stations within the next six months. The firm will set up all requisite infrastructures and in return, it will get advertising rights at dock stations.