Mysuru logs into India Cycles4Change Challenge

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Mysuru City Corporation invites bid for cycle track works

About the Challenge

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has initiated Cycles4Change challenge to promote personalised, safe, healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation due to the challenges posed by Covid 19 pandemic.

The main idea behind the challenge is to inspire cities to promote cycling by involving City Corporation, citizens and urban experts to develop a blueprint to be implemented across the city.

Smart cities mission under MoHUA is leading the drive along with the India Chapter of Institute of Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) as its knowledge partner. As per the recent survey conducted by ITDP, cycling is expected to set to rise by 50-60% as the cities start to unlock themselves. MoHUA feels cycling can be promoted as an alternative sustainable mode of transportation in Indian cities. A total of 140 cities are eligible for the challenge that includes cities under smart cities mission, state capitals and towns with population > 5 lakh.

The online challenge portal was launched by Smart cities mission on July 10th 2020, which was followed by a brain storming session attended by city commissioners, experts, citizen groups and officials. 

Cycles4Change challenge will be in two stages and spread over a year (July 20-May 21)

Stage 1: Pilot Intervention and Conceptual Scale-up Plan

In this stage, the participating cities should implement pilot interventions focussing on making cycling safe while also encouraging more public to take up cycling as an alternative mode of mobility. The pilot interventions may include development of cycling lanes, introduction of speed regulated traffic zones, cycle rentals, cycle parking, repair shops etc. Conceptual plan should be devised with due consultation and inputs from public and city level experts.

By the end of stage 1, cities should have successfully developed their conceptual scale-up plan along with the funding needs. Interventions implemented before July 2020 are not considered for the challenge, however, the cities can add on to their existing cycling infra as a part of the challenge. It is noteworthy to mention that Mysuru has a well-connected active public bicycle sharing system (Trin –Trin) already, necessitating Mysuru to add new cycling interventions as a part of its conceptual scale-up plan for the challenge. 

Stage 2: Enhancing Pilot Interventions

The submitted conceptual plans will be evaluated and 11 cities will be shortlisted. As a token gesture, each city will receive 1 crore funding. In stage 2, the shortlisted Conceptual scale-up plans will be enhanced with technical inputs and guidance from urban experts and the same shall be implemented in the respective cities.

Mysuru- A Cycling Friendly City

Mysuru was among the first cities in India to implement a public bicycle sharing system with 52 docking stations, covering major areas of the city including the tourist spots. The project named Trin-Trin has seen resounding success with 10000s of people already registering with smart cards. With respect to cycling ecosystem, Mysuru stands ahead of many cities in India, thanks to its wide tree lined roads, friendly weather and law abiding citizens.

Tender

Participating in the India Cycles4Change Challenge, MCC has invited bids for marking out cycling lanes on major roads in the city as a part of its pilot interventions and conceptual-scale up plan.

The work entails, setting up of Flexible tubular cone road vertical delineators, road studs and road marking. The total estimated cost of the work is 478 lakh Rupees. Period of completion is 1 month from the date of award of work.

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