Aimed at encouraging people to ride cycles instead of using vehicles that add to pollution, Hidco has decided to set up a bicycle stand near the subway at the Nazrul Tirtha crossing in New Town.
The Hidco, which has already floated tenders to engage an agency for the job, said the budget had been set at around Rs 44.84 lakh. The authorities have chosen the spot on the main arterial road in Action Area I as it’s at the entrance to the township from the Salt Lake-end and also near an office enclave.
An official pointed out that once the cycle stand was up, users could park their cycles properly at the stand and lock them before heading to their offices or wherever they had to go.
According to plans, a proper shed will be built, where bicycles will be kept. Till a few months ago, an app-based cycling service used to function in New Town. It had gained immense popularity with many using the cycles to ride to work, to go shopping or carry out their chores. The service has been discontinued but officials said a similar app-based cycling service might be launched in future. “A dedicated stretch will be built from where cycles will be picked up or parked. The stand will have a shed with a solar-panel roof and a bench. A kiosk will be set up for people to have tea or coffee. The main objective is to have a systematic way to hire and use cycles without hampering pedestrian movement on pavements,” said a Hidco official.
Now, several cycles can be seen left haphazardly at the spot, propped against the wall and against each other, clogging the way. “The stand will have a docking system. If a new app-based service is launched, they can use the facility. Others can park cycles too,” said a Hidco official.
Source: Times of India