Introduction to Cycle Sharing

Public Cycle Sharing Services (PCSS) provide cycles for public use at low cost for short trips. PCSS, as a concept, falls under Collaborative Consumption – a new phenomenon that is catching up fast.

Typical PCSS program creates a network of cycles stations, with cycles, in a city to make it convenient for users to issue and deposit a cycle near his/her point of origin and destination. The cycle stations are usually ~100 – 500 meters away from each other and are located at strategic locations e.g. metro/BRT stations, residential societies, office/commercial locations, markets.  PCSS are primarily member based programs where one can enrol as a member after submission of identification documents and payment of security deposit. These members then share cycles for their daily commuting needs – particularly as an ideal low cost means of inter-modal transportation e.g. Home to Metro Station, Metro Station to their destination. The unique pricing structure, where generally first 1 hour is kept free, encourages short-term point to point use of 1 hour or less.

The salient features of a typical Cycle Sharing Services are:
  • Wide and dense spread out of network of aesthetically designed docking stands, cycle stations and cycle
  • Primarily a membership based system targeted at regular commuters
  • Smart Card+ RFID+ GPRS enabled technology systems



Cycle Sharing Hangzhou, China