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.
The Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC), Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) and UNHABITAT have made a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide last-mile connectivity for metro rail passengers.
The World Cycling Alliance (WCA) is also a strong supporter of this project and has been instrumental in bringing in UNHABITAT as a partner of this project. 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.
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.
Hyderabad Metro Rail has agreed to give Hyderabad Bicycling Club the required space for a bicycle station at each of its forthcoming metro stations. Each station would have 100 e-bicycles (battery operated and charged via solar panels). HBC has to provide 100 bicycles for each station along with the software and hardware for securing and issuing the bicycles. For these metro stations, the cost is about US$4.5million invested by India’s leading infrastructure company L&T, excluding the cost of land and covered space which will be contributed jointly by Hyderabad Metro and HBC.
Last-mile connectivity to Hyderabad Metro through bicycles is a unique opportunity to demonstrate a new model for urban commuting for the following reasons:
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.
India, Mitigation, Cycling, Partnerships
Hyderabad Bicycling Club, Hyderabad Metro Rail, UN Habitat
D V Manohar, email@example.com
"In Hyderabad, we would be setting up 63 Bike Stations in forthcoming Metro Rail Stations with state of the art Bicycles including e bicycles to be charged on solar power. Thus the entire project is eco-friendly. This project would change the commuting culture in our city. It aims at substantially bringing down the high pollution levels in Hyderabad primarily caused by fossil fuel driven vehicles. It is also expected to considerably reduce the present prevailing traffic congestion in Hyderabad. This first of its kind initiative would be a trend setter for other cities in India & elsewhere." (D V Manohar, Chairman of Hyderabad Cycling Club)