Contactless smart card to be used in Indian cycling scheme
Commuters can access bikes across the city of New Delhi, using a special prepaid smart card and an ID card.
On World Environment Day at the Rohini Metro station, New Delhi a new pilot project got underway to promote cycling as an eco-friendly last-mile feeder link to the Metro. Since then it has been extended to stations in Patel Chowk, Pragati Maidan and Indraprastha.
A minimum four hours of cycling has the low cost of Rs 10. It compares well with the price for parking bikes at the railway station, which costs R2. The authorities are hoping it will prove a t empting alternative to gridlocked traffic, although there are worries it could take away business from the cycle rickshaw drivers.
The initiative began as a student initiative, but has gradually gained popularity amongst other commuters as well. Around 50-60 people on an average hire the bikes daily so far.
There will be 10 bicycles available on rent on each of the stations taking part, of which 6 are for men and 4 for women. The commuters are required to deposit their original voter ID card or driving license to rent a bicycle. Bikes can be hired from 6 in the morning to 11 in the night.