Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Date: Jan 31st
Venue: Conference Hall, KSRTC Central Office, K H Road, Bangalore
Details : http://rideacycle.org/?page_id=53
Pasting the invite here:
This event will be followed by the third edition of Critical Mass - Bangalore...
The formatting of the slides have gone slightly out of whack because of the upload into slideshare, but are all very readable.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'll be giving a presentation at Ignite 2009. It's called "Freewheeling" and will deal with the concept of city bikes and their relevance to Bangalore. The talk shall not be about this project in particular, but will cover a broader perspective on city bike schemes. I shall post the presentation online after the event. For more information on Ignite 2009 check out http://ignitebangalore2.blogspot.com/.
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Friday, December 5, 2008
Freewheeling : Meeting at Koshy's
Sun Dec 7 18:30 – 19:30
(Timezone: India Standard Time)
Meeting to discuss Freewheeling : Brainstorming on ideas and evolving a strategy.
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Minutes of the meeting can be found here : http://groups.google.com/group/freewheeling-bangalore/t/eb1ab6eb5cbb573a
Research needs to be done on the various aspects of the project and how it has fared in other locations. Some starting points are :
- The Velib project in Paris - ( Wikipedia entry, Official site)
- Stockholm City Bikes (Wikipedia entry, Official site)
- Infosys' internal community bike scheme
- Autolib (!!?!?!?) - http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/move-over-velib-autolib-is-on-its-way-17274
- New Mobility Agenda - http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/wt_index.htm
- The World City Bike Collaborative - http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/citybike_index.htm (Check if anyone you know is a member here? Membership fees are way too high for us to join, but maybe we can get corporate backing. There are some good free materials there too).
- The Copenhagen bike culture blog : http://www.copenhagenize.com/
- Method of operations, logistics
- Performance of project
- Public opinion
- Points to adapt to our project
Here, I refer to planning at the macro level. This is where the various subsets in the project coalesce.
Also, from the various aspects on the To-Do list and the feasibility and usability discussions, we need to collate, filter and unify the ideas that come in, and schedule and stack the ideas to form a structured whole and then generate a working plan.
- Will enough people shift from their personal motorised vehicles to use bicycles?
- Will there be a consequent positive impact on traffic?
- Could there be a negative impact due to reckless riding?
- Will the project be financially sustainable?
- Will the project be cost effective for the end user?
- Will sponsors and involved companies see value in the project?
- Will the security and maintenance factors be sustainable?
- Will the general mindset transform over a period of time, making the cycles the preferred option?
- Travel time considerations
- Pollution exposure considerations
- Government approval - We need to get approval from the government authorities on this. this would mainly involve BBMP, and maybe the Town Planning and Urban Development authorities. We need permissions on getting space for the stations, probable sanctions for biking lanes, legislation if required. We also need to get approvals for the ideas and then legal tenders if required, so companies can bid for the project, probably on a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer) model. We need government backing on the project. Our case would be strengthened if we had media backing, and backing by eminent personalities.
- Police interaction -
- Traffic police : Approval for project ( dunno if we need their permission), inputs on project, approval for biking lanes, safety concerns, bike stations
- Regular police : Approval for security arrangements, possibility of biking stations along police station compounds