To promote cycling among city residents and provide affordable means of transportation to commuters, especially for city’s inner roads, the Chandigarh Administration is planning to introduce cycle stations in various parts of the city beautiful. The project, as per available information, is likely to be implemented by 2015.
Talking to Newsline, a senior official of the Administration said, “We are at an initial stage of the project. Modalities of the project are being worked out. First, we have to identify the areas where there is a requirement for infrastructure in order to kickstart the project.”
Elaborating, further, the official said that the Administration will come up with cycle stations near the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus stops. A person without a mode of conveyance can travel in the city by CTU bus from one sector to another. From the bus stop, the person can go to a nearby cycle station and hire a bicycle for visiting various places in that particular sector and nearby places. The bicycle can be returned at the same cycle station later.
The Chandigarh Administration has taken the idea for this project from cities like Paris and Montreal. Changes will have to be made to link roundabouts to the already existing cycle tracks. Safety of a cyclists would be of utmost importance. There is a plan to buy more buses by the end of 2014 to increase the frequency of bus service.
Approximately 10,000 bicycles will be bought by the Chandigarh Administration for this project. The job of maintaining cycle-stations will be outsourced to private operators. “We are brainstorming on how we can effectively run the cycle-stations.
We are hoping that by the end of 2014 we will be able to meet with the basic requirements so that by 2015 the project can be implemented in the city beautiful,” added the official.
When asked about the benefits of the project, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Traffic Kamal Deep said, “If this project is implemented properly, the rush of motorised vehicles in the city can be reduced. It will also help in bringing down accidents.”