Commuting in Kochi has become increasingly stressful and difficult – especially when it comes to negotiating through endless blocks in heavy-traffic areas. Traffic blocks not only eat into productive time by causing indefinite delays while travelling, but also increases fuel consumption, air and sound pollution levels, road rage incidents, stress/ anxiety levels in commuters and causes health problems like allergies, respiratory diseases and hypertension.
And the solution to this? Use public transport and wherever possible – eco-friendly modes of transportation.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has joined hands with Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML) to introduce a one-of-its-kind ‘Public Bicycle Sharing’ System that will make urban commuting easier, efficient, environment-friendly and healthy. This initiative will be implemented along the 2 km on both side of the metro alignment, across the 25.6 km Aluva – Petta stretch.
The initiative has been designed in such a way that the fare for use of cycles can be collected using smart card/electronic payments through existing public transport facilities through an ITS system that aids multimodal integration. The initiative will kick-start with 1000 specially-designed cycles that will be made available for public use across Kochi and also along the Metro alignment. Designed by HEXI, a joint venture between two of world’s best cycle manufacturers – Hero Cycles and Youon Technologies, these cycles are highly durable, rust-resistant, puncture-proof and suitable for all as they are unisex and size-adjustable.
This unique initiative is expected to encourage people to take up cycling, which is an internationally accepted urban mode of transport that’s efficient, faster, economic, eco-friendly and healthy.
KMRL, in association with the YMCA and Kerala High Court Advocate’s Association organized a Cyclathon on the 29th of September 2019 as a part of the ‘Swacchatha Campaign’. The event, which focused on promoting clean and green urban mobility, saw participation by more than 200 cyclists. The Cyclathon was flagged off at the Kerala High Court Advocate’s Association premises by Shri. Thiruman Archunan – Director (Projects), KMRL.