SDMC plans to provide E-bike sharing service by the end of the year
In order to enhance the connectivity of the last mile and provide low-cost, environmentally and friendly travel options for urban residents, SDMC has decided to launch a facility to rent E-bike services from different locations within its jurisdiction.
The project is based on similar E-bike rental services offered by the New Delhi City Council (NDMC) in its district. The Southern Company canceled its policy to start the project last month.
To use the service, users must register with the SDMC app before they can rent an E-bike for up to 10 hours and use it in the SDMC area, SDMC officials said. Users will be charged a symbolic fee for the use of e-bikes, which will be provided in sheds at different locations within the SDMC jurisdiction.
Rajdutt Gehlot, chairman of the SDMC standing committee, said the move would help reduce people's dependence on cars, thereby reducing traffic congestion, vehicle emissions and parking threats. "There's a huge demand for cycling in cities, especially during this covid-19 pandemic. We hope to build a dense non motorized E-bike sharing service network around subway stations, bus stops, markets, office buildings, tourist destinations, residential areas and parks. We will integrate it with the city's public transport system. "
A senior SDMC official said the E-bike would be tracked via a wireless tracking system, such as radio frequency identification equipment (RFID), or through a mobile app that would locate where the vehicle was retrieved and subsequently returned.
"The system will monitor the occupancy rate of the station in real time. We hope to launch this project in the next two or three months. " An official with the southern civil service, who declined to be named, said.
However, experts suggest that the development of dedicated bicycle infrastructure is very important for the success of such projects. They also stressed the need to integrate bike sharing services with public transport options and to ensure that they are available near crowded places, such as markets and hospitals, in order to benefit the most people.
Anumita Roychoudhury, executive director of the Center for Science and Environment, said cycling or public bike sharing systems were gaining more and more attention, especially in the covid-19 area, because it was a non-contact medium that moved around the city. "Of course we need an environment-friendly system like this for the last mile of connectivity. However, municipalities must ensure that the infrastructure for cyclists is improved. As an immediate solution, authorities can make short-term changes to road design, with the help of soft barriers, by creating pop-up lanes for cyclists. In order for this model to be successful, the geometry of the intersection must also be improved. "
Anuj Malhotra, an urban transportation expert and knowledge partner at the alliance's Ministry of the interior, said such projects would be successful only if the city had the same strong infrastructure for cyclists and a large number of electric bicycle stations. He said that according to the guidelines for bike sharing transportation systems issued by the Ministry of housing and urban affairs, there should be nearly 9 to 16 E-bike stops per square kilometer so that the public can use bicycles within a distance of about 2 km from the city.
"For the model to be successful, civic groups should begin to build the necessary bicycle infrastructure, such as dedicated lanes, pedestrian and bicycle friendly intersections, and adequate streetlights. They should learn from Dwarka, who started building bicycle infrastructure there. People choose electric bikes only when they feel safe on the road. " Malhotra said.