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31.08.2017

Bangalore people, reflector on this. You’ll finish work, walk over to a bicycle pod outside your office building, pay Rs 5 to rent a bike and drop it off at another pod close to home. If others like you do the same, imagine how the traffic will thin out faster than your hair, restoring some sanity to this city.

A New York Citibike style bicycle sharing system plans to do just that. While the Urban Transport department tells bpb that TrinTrin’s launch is slated for as early as September, private companies bidding for the contract claim that the government is yet to appoint a winner. Endless cycle? We hope not.

Beta Testing

Among the companies pitching is Green Wheel Ride, whose TrinTrin bicycle sharing system has been successfully launched next door in Mysore, a month-and-a-half ago. We went last week before the Dera swarm, to give TrinTrin a spin and see if they deserve to be Bangalore’s wheeler dealers. They passed our test with flying colours.

We went last week before the Dera swarm, to give TrinTrin a spin and see if they deserve to be Bangalore’s wheeler dealers. They passed our test with flying colours.

TrinTrin is the screen name of Green Wheel Ride’s initiative with the Mysore City Corporation and World Bank’s Global Environment Facility program. With nearly 48 biking docks and 450 bright green bikes (twenty geared versions for the Chamundi Betta ascend), this network circles the entire city. And at just Rs 5 for two hours (Chief Minister Siddaramaih has included the cost of service in his annual budget), this is perhaps the most economical way to get around.

Could this be the solution to Bangalore’s last mile connectivity problem as well?

The Scenic Route

Here’s the Mysore route that we recommend: start your spin at Karanji Lake as dusk sets in, snack at the popular Kholapuri Bhel House half a kilometer away at Nanjumalige Circle, and after a kadak chai, head to the majestic Mysuru Palace that will light up for your return ride. Alternatively, breathe in deep visit the TrinTrin registration centre at Gokulm, riding around the shaded yoga-obsessed neighbourhood in search of inner peace. For the brave-hearted, may we suggest a ride up Chamundi Hills?

Head of HR at Green Wheel Ride, Asha Keraketty, tells us that 90% of TrinTrin users are currently locals and only a meager number of cyclists are tourists. “This is perhaps because of the registration policy to get a TrinTrin smart card and the slower roll out of pods. It isn’t difficult, just one proof of identity is required, but we are working on a new process to make it more tourist friendly,” says Asha.

Locals do indeed love it. Mysore resident Krupa Sumanth believes that “the city is growing and people have more exposure to facilities like this, making it a much welcomed service.” She also describes how she met a flower seller once, who used a TrinTrin bicycle to make his daily drop offs. Great tu-lip service!

Getting there: Log on to https://www.mytrintrin.com/?page_id=5064for details. Initial security deposit is Rs 300, plus Rs 50 top-up fee.

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