Last mile connectivity model for Ahmedabad! (dockless bikes to be integrated with BRTS)

Wed, 2019-03-20 18:21 -- SCC India Staff


The Smart City Ahmedabad Development has developed a last mile connectivity model using dockless bikes for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and along with Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services (AMTS).

The project aims to ease last mile connectivity through dockless bikes for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services (AMTS). The project includes: dockless and smart bikes, functional and unisex bikes, installation of multiple bicycle stations at several different key locations, development of application to reserve/book a ride, sustainable and low-cost transport infrastructure, IT integration of bicycles, users, stations and terminals.

The objective of the SPV is to convert around 250,000 potential passengers into public transportation users. That said, the project will also see an integration with 1,000 buses (250 BRTS + 850 AMTS buses) to provide connected travel experience.

The project focuses on reducing air and noise pollution, reducing greenhouse-gases emission, ensuring economical and convenient last-mile connectivity, reducing congestion on streets, and promoting healthier lifestyle. The station sizing would be according to the demand of the vicinity and station placement in visible areas like BRTS/AMTS stops, near upcoming metro stations, riverfront, parks and gardens, heritage locations. The municipal corporation has previous experience with Smart Bike initiative called, MYBYK at riverfront and experienced human resources include specialized urban planners, civil engineers and mobility experts.

The project would leverage existing IT solutions such automatic fare collection systems, open loop common city payment system, city surveillance and Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC).

The dockless bike system will delimit the BRTS and AMTS geographical reach in the city. The project is environmental friendly as the gradual reduction in number of motor vehicles would reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emission. The financial sustainability will be ensured through user charges paid by the commuters. The dockless bike will be a highly cost-effective and time-saving mobility option for local and tourists alike.