Hyderabad: The launch of Hyderabad Metro Rail services from Wednesday will usher in a new trend in public transportation in the city.
And, in tune with the metro launch, Hyderabadis will also have the option of pedaling their way to their destinations from Metro stations. This will not only reduce pollution in the city but will also aid in Hyderabadis staying fit.
Promoting eco-friendly modes of transportation, couple of companies are launching cycling service at few metros in the city. Cykul, one of the leading cycling technology company, is launching bicycles service at a few Metro stations from Wednesday.
Similarly, Hyderabad Bicycling Club promoted SmartBike Mobility Private Limited will be launching the cycling service in about 10 days.
Cykul joins hands with HMRL
Hyderabad: Cykul, one of the leading cycling technology companies, is already operating in the city. The company is offering bicycles on a sharing option for corporate employees.
Last year, DLF had launched an app-based service for its employees at Gachibowli in association with Cykul. Continuing its operations, Cykul is now extending its service to Metro passengers in the city. The company has won the contract to operate its cycles at Miyapur, KPHB, Nagole, Uppal stadium and Habsiguda Metro stations. Cykul has deployed 1,000 cycles at the Metro stations and they can be availed from Cykul cycle stations.
Hyderabad Metro Rail is a big achievement and Cykul is proud to be associated with HMRL in providing cycling infrastructure to cover the ‘first mile and last mile’ connectivity, says Deenanath Harapanahalli, CEO and Founder, Cykul. “With this, we are stepping into the league of world-class cities where mass-transit meets shared economy cutting through all sections of the society,” said Harapanahalli.
Smart Bikes to be available within 10 days
Hyderabad Bicycling Club through its Smart Bike Mobility Private Limited company will be offering bikes for Metro passengers in about 10 days at Miyapur, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University station and Kukatpally Housing Board stations. Soon after alighting at these stations, passengers can ride the bikes to their work places or preferred destinations. And for the convenience of passengers and to familiarise them with cycling concept, bike feeder stations are being established at Miyapur Metro Station, JNTU Station, Hitec City MMTS Station and Cyber Towers.
The idea is to operate 10,000 bicycles through 500 bike stations on the three Metro corridors. To begin with, 75 bikes will be on offer and in about a month, 23 more stations and 225 bikes will be added to the service, says Hyderabad Bicycling Club Chairperson D V Manohar. All the bicycles are being imported from Germany and they are advanced, equipped with gears and GPS system. The components will be imported and assembled here, he said.
How to use the bikes?
Passengers willing to use the SmartBike will have to download a rent app or it can be done either by a rent card. Member registrations will be done via app or www.smartbikemobility.com. Those, who are not familiar with downloading the app, can call 040-7127-9008.