I should have had covered this in first place. Last week for the first time ever in India, Gurgaon celebrated September 22 as Car-Free Day! (Source: The Times of India)
And Not just that, from hence-forth, every Tuesday of the week shall be celebrated as Car-free day in Gurgaon!
How did it helped?
Following is an Excerpt from TOI..
“On day one itself, there were 10,000 fewer cars on the city’s roads. The air, too, was much more breathable. Levels of PM 2.5 – fine pollutants emitted by vehicles – were 21 per cent lower in the congested Cyber City area.”
So, you see how much impact can Car-free transportation (public transport like metro and buses / bicycles / walking) make to our environment and living.
What is Planet Green Bikes?
Planet green bikes is an initiative with support from Ministry of Urban Transportation, India that allows cycle-sharing. Cycle sharing is a wonder concept, where government invests in a firm that chooses to buy and maintain bicycles at given locations, allowing public to use the transport at very cheap cost. (more info>>here)
Where is it available?
The website tells that it is available in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi. I am not sure of the current status in Bangalore and hyderabad, but it is very-well operational in Delhi, at eight metro stations accounting 80 cycles in all.
Today, I was pleased to find it at Jangpura Metro station while returning from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station (as its the nearest metro)
Who can Hire ?
Anyone like you and me. All you may do is invest 100 rupees as non-refundable security fees and get first hour of your ride for free. Post your first hour, you will be charged only 10 rupees for four hours every time you rent the bike. for every additional hours an additional fee of 5 rupees will be charged.
The services are currently available near eight metro stations from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily.
Are their cycle tracks too?
Hopefully, soon 8km special cycling tracks shall be a reality for Gurgaonites.
At present, a small portion of the road is marked as cycling lane, near vypaar kendra, Gurgaon and can be also seen separately towards the Noida-side.
A change is near
With such changes happening, I really feel proud to be a part of city where cycling-cult is a reality and not distant dream. Gurgaon has made itself in the history to be remembered as First city of India to go Car-free. Hyderabad is yet another city, where every Thursday is to be celebrated as Car-free day.
For more information on the Policy for cycle-sharing in India click here
Thank you for your time 🙂