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Mysuru’s Trin Trin set for an upgrade to battery-powered pedal-assist bicycles

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

India's first and Mysuru's own Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system Trin Trin is all set for a major upgradation and modernisation.

The modernization proposal includes upgrading from conventional bicycles to battery-powered pedal-assist bicycles. Change from the beam style dock to the dock-less system and introduction of IoT-based integrated lock system is also in the plan.

There is also a proposal to increase the number of bicycles to 1,000 besides increasing cycle hubs to 100.

MCC has invited national competitive bidding for this purpose. Action has been initiated to further extend the network and connect more places and add more cycles.

The idea behind this exercise is taping the tourism potential of the city, bringing down operational cost, wider coverage area, ease of accessibility with fully automatic system, etc.

According to reports, all the bicycles of Trin Trin will be upgraded to pedal-assist bicycles to reduce stress and impact on the rider’s knees and thighs on account of pedaling on the undulating terrain of the city. The users can choose to pedal just like normal bicycles, whenever they desire.

Trin Trin currently has 15,000 registered users and its usage increased from 1.4 rides per cycle per day in 2017 to 2.2 in 2019. According to statistics, Trin Trin is recording an average of 1,000 to 1,200 rides every day now.

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