Bicycles for women in saree, bicycles fitted with GPS, a control centre to monitor their movement — these were among the possibilities discussed at a conference organised on Friday by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Centre for Green Mobility (CGM) for the authority’s pilot project on bicycle sharing in Dwarka.
“All the organisations associated with the operationalisation of such schemes were invited and six operators participated from all over India. Consultations were held to discuss the operational and business models of the scheme that will help make the system deliver high-quality services and make it sustainable in the long run,” DDA vice-chairman Balwinder Kumar said.
Participants discussed the idea of the operator having to run the system and provide manpower and system management. They were also of the view that a separate team would have to be formed to collect advertisements.
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Sayeed Arfath from Kerberon Automations, a Bangalore-based firm, which was among the participants, said of the various stations in Bangalore, only three were on the main road. The remaining are nine in interior areas, where the revenue potential was low but, at the same time, these were places from where people hire cycles as a “source” point.
CGM CEO Anuj Malhotra reportedly mentioned how Dwarka was in need of a “high density of stations so as to make it convenient for people… This will ensure a high reliability of the system and will attract more people to use the service”.
Participants were of the view that bicycles fitted with GPS, a control centre to manage the bicycle operations and protecting them against theft and vandalism should be given priority.