BRT Stands For “Bicycle” Rapid Transit
In May this year, TransPeshawar’s investors informed the provincial government that the project cost exceeded their expectations and they would no longer be able to fund it completely. Now all the officials brainstormed on how to bring the project within their budget and there, one fine person suggested that we skip the Bicycle Lane for the BRT.
Now the CYKIQ team has been working on their mission of being the one and only bicycle sharing service in Pakistan. We envision that through our platform, the public will have self awareness and a sense of responsibility regarding sustainable commuting. While a single school bus may eliminate traffic congestion from the road, it still emits around 892 grams/km CO2 emissions if it is being used in an Urban area.
There were around 100,000 users of Metro in Rawalpindi and Islamabad after 9 months of its launch. If we take 5% of that figure which rounds out to 2,000 users and consider this specific audience to be teenagers and provide them bicycles alongside the Metro bus line, would they not prefer to ride to their destination themselves?
And if that isn’t reason enough, then take a look at any international construction document on the BRT and you will see that the bicycles lane is an integral part of every BRT project around the world. According to ITDP:
“Ideally, bicycle infrastructure, including parking, is seen as an integral part of an intermodal public transport system. Bicycles can substitute, augment, and expand the public transport network at little or no cost to the public transport agency.”
The revised cost of the BRT in total is around Rs. 69.3 Billion whereas the average cost of establishing a bicycles lane is just Rs. 731 Million according to our estimates. Plus a survey showed that a bicycle ride saves society $2.73 per mile, so we are actually giving back to society! Consider this the next time you book a CYKIQ ride!