MYSURU: India’s first public bicycle sharing (PBS) system, Trin Trin, was launched here on Sunday by chief minister Siddaramaiah, bringing Mysuru on the list of select global cities which already have bicycles as a commuting option.
A total of 450 bicycles (430 regular and 20 with gear) can be borrowed for a nominal fee from 48 automated docking stations set up at major tourist destinations, universities and offices. The users have to obtain a smart card which they can swipe and take a bicycle from a docking station, and return it at any other station, where a user fee would be deducted from the smart card.
The initiative has been jointly funded by the World Bank
, Global Environmental Fund and state directorate of urban land transport. While Mysuru City Corporation
owns the bicycles, the project is being operated by Green Wheel Ride
, a city-based manufacturer of eco-friendly bicycles. While the city’s cycling enthusiasts had a joyride, more people, particularly foreigners, are expected to opt for the green transport mode in the coming days.
There are 6.5 lakh registered vehicles in Mysuru. The directorate of urban land transport devised the initaitive to promote non-motorized modes of transport in Mysuru.”Though the initiative is very good, the bicycles don’t appear to be comfortable for people aged over 30 years. We also need better quality bicycles so they don’t break down often.Keep 100 bicycles for youngsters and replace the rest with quality and comfortable cycles,” Siddaramaiah said.