Out of 2,200 rental bicycles only around 400 bicycles hired by the people of the city.
Out 200 bicycles of Citycycling, only 30 to 40 bicycles are hired by people. Yulu has 2,000 bicycles in the city; only 300 to 350 bicycles are hired by the people.
Rental bicycles companies like Yulu and City Cyclists lend bicycles at Rupees five per hour and Rupees 200 per week.
“It is difficult to ride a bicycle in the city with so much traffic and it is also not safe. It is difficult to lock bicycles every time,” Lokesh R, the cyclist in the city, said.
Bengaluru has around 70 lakh two wheelers and 23 lakh cars; which occupy most of the roads leaving no space for bicycles.
“There should be separate designated paths for cycling. That is not considered in the city planning. Distance, complete connection like bus or metro matters,” Chaithra K. B, an urban planner, said.
Cycling is a good option to reduce traffic and it is eco-friendly commutation. It is a solution for many health problems as well.
“We are developing the infrastructure for cycle lanes. In HSR layout we are constructing 7.2 km lane and in Cubbon Road 2 km lane. They will get ready by April, this year,” Praveen Lingaiah, Executive Engineer Traffic, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), said.
Though there are many cycling enthusiasts in the city. Things are not in favour of them to take out bicycles to ride.