The Chandigarh Administration is intending to introduce the concept of public bicycle-sharing in the city. 

The administration has invited the interested parties, including cycle manufacturing companies and bicycle dealers, for an idea-sharing session at the UT Secretariat on February 19. 

The UT will provide the space on rental basis to the selected party to run its outlets at different designated points such as Sukhna Lake, ISBT-17, PGI/Panjab University, Elante Mall, Beant Singh Memorial Complex etc.  

Secretary, UT Transport, Bhawna Garg, said public bicycle-sharing (PBS) system was widely utilised across Europe and China and other regions of the world were quickly catching up. 

The PBS system is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short-term basis. It allows people to borrow a bike from point A and return it at point B. The aim is to provide free or affordable access to bicycles for short-distance trips in an urban area as an alternative to motorised public transport or private vehicles, thereby reducing traffic congestion and noise and air pollution.

Source: The Tribune