Imphal: Imphal Smart City Limited (ISCL) introduced an App based public bicycle sharing system on Tuesday.
The App based public cycle sharing is a flexible system of personalized public transport wherein cycles are available in a close spaced network of cycle stations.
The system allows users to avail cycles at one station and return them to any other station in the network.
ISCL introduced the system with the main objective to provide a cost-effective environment friendly, safe and healthy mobility option to the residents of Imphal.
Manipur MAHUD minister Y Khemchand launched the system at a function held at the Eastern gate of Kangla Fort.
In his address after launching the system, Khemchand highlighted his personal experience on the benefits of cycling.
He said that the system will have many positive impacts on the environment apart from reducing the dependency on automobiles, reducing traffic congestion, vehicle emissions and demand for motor vehicle parking.
In addition, the minister added that the system will expand the health and wellness benefits of bicycle transport to new users.
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Speaking on the occasion, CEO of the ISCL, Th Harikumar said that the system launched today consisted of 100 cycles at 20 stations. It is the first phase and ISCL has a plan to expand the system further, he also said.
He then said that the coverage area will include key destinations including public transport hubs, landmarks, marketplaces, government and educational institutions.
The system will connect these destinations to key modes of public transport.
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The project was taken up to provide a cost-effective environment friendly, safe and healthy mobility option to the residents of Imphal.
Public cycle sharing is a flexible system of personalized public transport wherein cycles are available in a close spaced network of cycle stations.
Cycle sharing is a key element in a city strategy to expand the use of sustainable transport modes. The system will boost the use of public transport by providing short trips including both origin and destination connectivity, he added.
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