MYSURU: A day after chief minister Siddaramaiah flagged off the eco-friendly public bicycle sharing (PBS) system – Trin Trin – in the city, district administration said that response to the scheme had been encouraging. While deputy commissioner D Randeep
said that he too was planning on commuting to work using a bicycle some days of the week, many students and professionals have lapped up the scheme with gusto.
TP Jeevan, a resident of Malavalli, rushed to the PBS registration centre at the Mysuru Railway Station on Monday, and received his membership card after paying Rs 350. The smart card that he was given was activated in no time, and Jeevan wasted little time in getting on his bicycle and sped to meet his friends at Vontikoppal. “I earlier spent Rs 30 on bus charge. But since I returned the cycle within an hour of borrowing, it cost me nothing,” Jeevan told TOI.
As part of the promotional offer, the district administration is charging nominal rates on the cycles. While the smart cards issued to users come loaded with an amount of Rs 50, no money is docked if cycles are used for less than an hour, while a meagre Rs 5 is deducted from the card if it is used for one to two hours. Lauding the initiative, Jeevan, a BCom graduate, added, “The move will help bring down pollution level in Mysuru. I hope that the government also launches the scheme in other prominent cities such as Mangaluru and Bengaluru.”
Ashok, a computer service engineer in Mysuru too was extremely appreciative of the scheme.
SM Sagar, IT manager at Green Wheel Rides, the company that is in charge of implementing Trin Trin, said that citizens had flocked to all the six registration centres — RTO office, CIty Bus Stand, Mysuru Railway Station, KSRTC Bus Stand, Mysuru Zoo and Mysuru Palace — in the city to learn more about the scheme. “A day after the scheme was formally launched, 76 people have registered for Trin Trin. We recorded the maximum number of registrations at RTO office (36) and City Bus Stand (29),” said Sagar, adding that nearly 400 others had evinced interest in borrowing bicycles. Randeep said that he was pleased with the response to the scheme.
“In the days to come, more people will use the bicycles. I have also decided to take the cycle to work three or four days a week,” he added. District administration has instructed police to ensure that all docking stations are assured of maximum security.