The Peshawar bus transit project is to offer bicycle-sharing service along with the bus rides once the mass transit bus project reaches completion. The commuters of Peshawar would be able to enjoy bicycle rides in a specified cycle lane. The lane could be accessed using the same payment card as used for the bus service.
The only thing that the commuters need to learn is how to ride a bike on their own. TransPeshawar—the urban mobility firm which is owned by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, intends to buy nearly three hundred and sixty bicycles in a bike-sharing feature which would be introduced along with the project.
This announcement was made in an official statement by the firm on Wednesday.
In this matter, a distinct bike-lane is being constructed along the complete twenty-eight-kilometre-long corridor for the BRT.
For rent-outs of the bicycles, commuters could use their “Zu Fare Card”, which could be obtained from the TransPeshawar. The same card could also be used for travelling on the BRT buses.
The bicycles would be designed in such a way that they would be gender neutral with both men and women using them without any issues.
All the three hundred and sixty bicycles would have easily adjustable seat posts which could be adjusted to various heights as per the need of every rider.
For making sure of the safety of riders especially at times of poor lighting conditions, the bicycles would be provided with an automatic light emitting diode (LED) light and reflectors. For further enhancing the safety of riders, the bicycles would be without chains and safe pedals would be used.
The company would also have a rewards system built on the website of the service, and mobile apps for encouraging good behaviour.
Customers who take bicycles from comparatively fuller stations or return bicycles to relatively empty stations would be rewarded.
For discouraging the stealing of bikes, they would be built using unique parts and components.
Three trucks would also be used for redistributing the cycles where demand is high. The bicycle sharing system would be provided with the bicycle stands at each station and at the renown locations along the corridor for the facilitation of passengers.
Once the commuters get themselves registered in the system, they could make use of the fare card, customer website or system app for accessing their credentials, which would be interconnected.
The bicycle terminal would also be having a facility for the travellers to view their card status. Bicycles could also be rent using the mobile application.
This has come after the introduction of bicycle renting systems on university campuses where students could rent bicycles via a mobile app and could just leave them when done and the firm could track the left bicycles with a built-in positioning system.