An announcement made by Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) conveyed the citizens that the launch of public bicycle sharing will be done in the presence of mayor Mukta Tilak on December 5. The trial of the sharing will be rolled out in the area of Aundh and in Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).
This project is associated with Zoomcar’s PEDL initiative and the Comprehensive Mobility Plan which comes under the umbrella project of Smart City Mission. PEDL is a smart, affordable and environment-friendly cycle sharing service for short trips around the city.
The trial of public bicycle sharing will run for 90 days where the city dwellers will get access to free bicycles only if they register on the website www.pedl.in .
PSCDCL CEO, Rajendra Jagtap, said that total 16 stations have been chosen. 8 station stations across Aundh while other eight in SPPU. The residents can hire bicycles from these stations. SPPU will have 100 bicycles whereas Aundh will have 200 bicycles.
Elaborating on the project, Jagtap in the press conference said,
Any person who wishes to use the bicycle will receive a QR code once they have logged in on the website and will pay Re.1 for 30 minutes of usage.
To encourage Punekars even more, the recreation of the dedicated bicycle lane is being planned if the road is 24 km in width or a track will be painted if the lane is small.
Talking more about it, Jagtap said,
The 0.75-km stretch of the pilot Smart City road in Aundh is where we will begin our trial. We have added the SPPU component as they have shown interest and thus we have planned this trial as the entire road is not completely ready.
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