The BRT Peshawar has finally introduced the much-awaited bicycle-sharing system for commuters.
TransPeshawar, an urban mobility company owned by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to run and maintain the BRT, promised the introduction of the system almost a year back.
The newly introduced system will use the “Zu Fare Card” to rent-out and return the bicycle. Both men and women will be able to avail of this facility.
The riders will use their fare card on a separate bike-lane, which has been constructed along the whole 28-kilometer corridor of the Peshwar BRT.
Here are the official images of the bicycles:
According to the information, the bicycle docks are planned at the University of Peshawar and Hayatabad to facilitate students to reach their final destinations.
The bicycles themselves will have easily adjustable seats which can be adjusted for different heights of riders. To ensure the safety of riders, bicycles will have an automatic LED light and reflectors.
Further to enhance the safety of riders, bicycles will be chain-less and safe pedals will be used.
The Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) Director-General Israrul Haq told Arab News that the cycling track will be operational at the end of December.
“The entire project, including the BRT corridor, the buses, the cycling track, the bicycles, and all facilities related to the project will cost approximately Rs66million and is being funded in its entirety by the Asian Development Bank.”
The PDA is responsible for all the infrastructural aspects of the project, including maintenance and running costs.
TransPeshawar spokesperson Nauman Manzoor explained that the bikes will be used via a BRT card. “Upon swiping the card in a machine a bicycle is unlocked and the passenger is then allowed to park the bicycle at any station along the corridor,” he added.
During a visit to the Reach-II of the BRT, Assistant Director of the (PDA) Riffat Ullah told Arab News that the cycling track in Reach-II is elevated from the ground, running beneath the main BRT corridor.