Bang* Supports the 'Namma-Cycle' Bicycle Sharing Project

Bang Design is happy to support the public bicycle sharing system promoted in the city of Bangalore by Ride-A-Cycle-Foundation. Designed by Vinay Rao and Robert Maier, both avid cyclists and cycling evangelists themselves, the rental stations are currently under development. Article reproduced from Business Standard August 02, 2011 http://bit.ly/n0d6UU

Pedal pushers

Praveen Bose / Bangalore July 31, 2011, 0:04
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Bicycle bells to ring
in the Bangalore University campus through a public bicycle sharing system.

Last year, on June 5, which is also celebrated as World Environment Day,
Bangalore University (BU) woke up to the ringing of bicycle bells as it became
the first varsity in the country to turn bicycle-friendly under “Namma Cycle”, a bicycle-sharing project. The idea was to
have a public bicycle- sharing system where bicycles are made available on a
large scale in a city allowing people to have ready access to them. The project envisages setting up cycle rental stations where the
students will pick up and drop a cycle.There will be
stock stations where around 200 cycles will be kept for shipping to various
rental stations

The project emerged from a desire to ease “traffic congestion” within
the BU campus. Over the years motorised traffic has been growing rapidly in the
campus. BU and the project’s promoters Ride A Cycle
Foundation (RACF), who promote bicycles as a mode of transport in Bangalore,
have been trying to promote cycling among the city’s denizens. “The idea is to
promote bicycle usage and hence reduce traffic congestion and pollution in the
city,” says Murali H R, founder of (RACF) .  

Cycling in the BU campus is the most practical mode of transport to move
about, as it is fast, cheap and most reliable. The plan is to rent out cycles
for as little as Rs 5 per hour.

Bang ID, a design firm, is designing the rental stations and stock
stations for Namma Cycle. These should be ready in
another fortnight. Once they’re ready, Namma Cycle
will start assembling the pieces of the bicycle stations and getting the final
permission for installing them. Installing the 10 or so cycle stations in the
city and in the university campus would cost about Rs 40 lakh.

Bharathi Cement, which is sponsoring the
bicycle stations, wanted RACF to install Bicycle Rack at the Lalbagh station and then take up the project which was
inaugurated earlier this month.

The Central government, meanwhile, seems to be keen on implementing such
projects to make metros more bicycle-friendly. A policy framework is being put
in place to implement such projects, according to Murali.
The policy would also call on the Centre to pull up any state that refuses to
implement the policy aimed at promoting cycling.

In a couple of weeks the NGO will begin to issue radio tagged ID cards
to those who wants to use the service by paying a fee
periodically. The NGO is in talks with BSA to sponsor the bicyles.
.

Also getting involved is Dutch artist and engineer Ed van Hinte, brought in by the Srishti
School of Design. Hinte has been brainstorming with
cycling aficionados in the city on the extent to which cycling can be taken in
city.

RACF has been active in initiating projects in Bangalore including the Madiwala Cycle Track Project, the Jayanagar

Bicycle Friendly Streets Project and Cycle Parking Stands at critical centres.
It has been working with the government and local authorities to implement
them.

The number of people bicyclubg by choice is on
the rise in Bangalore. There are associations promoting the bicycle. Their
membership is rising by the day. More join the green brigade as days pass,
courtesy organisations like RACF, Bangalore Bikers' Club (BBC), Go Green Go
Cycling (GGGC) and Bums On The Saddle (BOTS).

With the government’s positive response to mark lanes around Madiwala Lake and certain other corridors, the RACF is
working on setting up cycle parlours in Electronics City so that office-goers
there can alight from buses and borrow cycles from parlours at strategic points
to go to office and come back.

Apart from this, RACF’s doing another project — the safe route-to-school
— which aims to encourage school children to hit the pedal, is at a nascent
stage.

The Bangalore University campus soon might be singing to the tune of
Freddie Mercury’s popular song. “I want to ride my bicycle.”