For those of you who haven’t been to Amsterdam, it’s time to put on your cycling gear. The Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) has issued requests for qualification (RFQs) for design, procurement, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of a public bicycle sharing (PBS) scheme in the city. The last date for submission of bids is November 17, 2016.
Cycling is the most important means of transportation in the Dutch capital. There are well-planned and extensive cycle tracks around the city, which makes it convenient for cyclists to pedal around. Apparently, once the PBS implemented by NRDA, it will India’s second such facility after Nagpur.
The PBS will have 100 cycles spread over a minimum of 10 stations across the city at locations mutually decided by NRDA and the service provider. Importance will be given to providing stations along the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) corridor. If any utility shifting is required for stations, the cost of will be borne by NRDA. The service provider will establish and operate a system of redistribution of bicycles.
The PBS will have a fully automatic system wherein all user processes including registration, renting, returning and payment can be done through mobile devices or the terminals. The PBS will also have a central control system that will collect data from each station for efficient planning and operation. This data will be used to make decisions on redistribution of cycles around stations during the hours of operations.
According to the RFQ, the service provider shall integrate PBS with the fare-collection system of the BRT through intelligent transportation systems (ITS). NRDA will provide a built-up space to the service provider for the control centre and workshop.
The time period for design, procurement, installation, commissioning and testing of PBS is four months from the date of signing the contract. The operation and maintenance period will be six years from the date of commissioning.
As far as the capital cost is concerned, the project is capped at Rs 1.6 crore which shall be determined by the service provider’s offer in the capital bid component of the competitive bidding process and as may be approved by NRDA. The cost will be paid to the service provider in instalments and will be based on prescribed timelines.
Meanwhile, the facility will be a good revenue-generating avenue for bidders as the service provider will be entitled to collect and appropriate revenue earned from sale of memberships and rental income earned from renting of cycles to the users.
In addition, the service provider will be given the rights to sell advertisement space on the system. This includes advertisement space on cycles and station infrastructure like panels and docks at the station. Alternatively, the service provider may also sell sponsorship contracts to the system to a single entity. The sponsorship contract will include not only space on the system but also naming rights to the system.
At all the stations of the system, the excess space available after providing the requisite space for the cycle, docks and other station infrastructure can be used to provide parking facility for two-wheelers (motorised and non-motorised). The service provider is entitled to the parking revenue.
Importantly, a maximum of 40 per cent of the operating cost incurred by the service provider will be reimbursed by NRDA, every three months, given that the service level benchmarks that are defined by NRDA are met.