Hyderabad India – Last Mile Connectivity Bicycle Share System

                                                              

Hyderabad India – Last Mile Connectivity Bicycle Share System

European Cyclist Federation
Solution proposed by: 
Hyderabad Bicycle Club
In a Nutshell: 
This Hyderabad Bicycling Club/ECF/WCA/UN Habitat initiative will provide last-mile connectivity to the Hyderabad Metro with bicycles. The project will set up 63 bicycle stations at metro stations in Hyderabad and in total HBC plans to construct nearly 100 bicycle stations at different locations in Hyderabad to provide last-mile connectivity.
Where and When: 
Hyderabad, India. Project started in November 2015.
Challenges: 
Hyderabad is the second largest city in India in terms of area with a population of 8.75 million. It struggles with high levels of air pollution and congestion, caused mainly by local motorized traffic. An average of 100 bicycles, including e-bikes, will be placed at each metro station – customers will be able to use the bicycles using swipe-card technology. The e-bikes will be charged with solar power, the first of its kind in India. The whole project is eco-friendly and aimed at considerably reducing the vehicular pollution, GHG emissions and congestion presently threatening Hyderabad.
Innovation: 
This project is presently in its implementation phase, so the potential for scaling up is not yet known. However it has been inspired by the tremendous growth in bicycle share schemes globally have grown from a handful of bike share schemes to over 500 schemes in cities around the world. Bikes and bike-sharing have a huge potential to shift behavior and transport mode choice towards active mobility by providing last-mile connectivity to public transportation hubs or other modes of transportation.
Concept: 
Last-mile connectivity to Hyderabad Metro through bicycles is a unique opportunity to demonstrate a new model for urban commuting for the following reasons: Substantially improve the urban air quality by reducing the vehicular pollution and CO2 emissions; Promote active mobility through bicycles – health benefits for the population Reduce the overall commute time; Reduce the traffic congestion on the roads Reduce reliance on fossil-fuels by providing an alternative to motorized transport; Solar-powered charging for electric bicycles will reduce carbon intensity of the electricity used for charging the bicycles Reduce the carbon footprint of each commuter.
Description: 
This Hyderabad Bicycling Club initiative will provide last-mile connectivity to the Hyderabad Metro with bicycles. HBC already operates two bicycle stations with a total of 600 bicycles in partnership with the City Municipal Corporation. The project will set up 63 bicycle stations at metro stations in Hyderabad and in total HBC plans to construct nearly 100 bicycle stations at different locations in Hyderabad to provide last-mile connectivity. The length of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) currently under construction is 72km – creating a high-density commuter service corridor served by 63 metro stations. It is a Public-Private Partnership and will start operations in 2016. The expected ridership will be 1.7 million passengers per day by 2017 and growing to 2.2 million by 2024. A lot of attention has been placed on multi-modal connectivity and connections with existing train stations, intercity bus stations, mini-bus services connecting nearby suburbs, business establishments and other points of interest have been planned. The total project cost is US$ 2.25 billion. HBC and HMR already work closely together to promote cycling and with this MOU, they commit to work together to provide last mile connectivity to the Hyderabad Metro passengers by creating the required infrastructure of bike stations and e-bikes in all the upcoming 63 metro stations.
Impacts: 
This project is presently in its implementation phase, so the potential for scaling up is not yet known. However, bikes and bike-sharing have a huge potential to shift behavior and transport mode choice towards active mobility by providing last-mile connectivity to public transportation hubs or other modes of transportation.

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