ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bhopal Public Bike-sharing Scheme

The stated aim of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s ₹2.5 crore plan to import 500 high-tech bicycles for a bike-sharing scheme was to provide commuters with an environment-friendly and healthy option for commuting in the city. Can a model borrowed from developed countries work in the absence of sufficient demand, a conducive environment, and supporting infrastructure such as good road networks, bicycle lanes and regulated traffic?

In November 2016, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to acquire 500 state-of-the-art bicycles at an eye-popping cost of ₹2.5 crore for a bike-sharing project intended to make the city commute environment-friendly and healthy. Though the measure was well-timed and much-needed, there are some genuine concerns about the motivation and outcome of the project, especially in the light of the BMC’s earlier public projects, including the bus rapid transit system (BRTS).

To succeed, a public initiative needs sufficient demand, optimal infrastructure, and the right intent for implementation, not necessarily in that order.

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Updated On : 21st Nov, 2017
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