Bike Share Scheme for India Habitat Centre

Context

In June 2015, IHC conducted a survey among the employees of IHC institutions to establish feasibility of a Bike-share scheme between Jor Bagh Metro Station and IHC. This survey again left out service and administration staff that would be a significant public transit and non-motorised transit user base. Also, the sample size is quite small (73 respondents) compared to the number of employees in IHC. Lastly, the sample is not a representative sample as the respondents are not random and presumably enthusiasts for such a scheme. Inferences should be used keeping in mind this limitation.

Observations from the IHC Survey – (June 2015)

  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of the surveyed employees show willingness to shift to public transit modes given the option of last mile connectivity for the egress trip.
  • More than 50% of the surveyed employees are below the age of 45 and are potential users of the bike-share scheme.
  • Almost three-fourths (74%) of the surveyed employees show willingness to use a bicycle.
  • The share of metro users has increased from 32% to 37% in the last year.
  • Preferred time of use for the bike-share system is during the peak periods of 0830 – 1100 hours and 1700 – 1830 hours.
  • Both metro stations (Jor Bagh and JLN Stadium) are almost equal desire points for last mile connectivity. Other destinations like Khan Market, Khanna Market and Meherchand Market also show up as desire points (presumably during lunch hours).

Inferences from the IHC Survey – (June 2015)

  • As desired direction of egress trip would change between morning and evening, fleet organisation and management would be needed to transfer bikes between the bike share points.
  • JLN Stadium Metro should be designed as Phase 2 (if not included in 1) given the almost equal desire of both stations. The nearby markets should feature as the third phase of the system with provision of safe and secure bicycle parking.

Scope of Work

  • Drawings to be acquired from road owning agencies (NDMC and PWD)
  • Identification of land ownership between boundary wall and carriage-way on Jor Bagh Road
  • Re-design of right of way (ROW) with integrated cycle tracks. Design of alternate routes during off-peak periods to connect nearby markets and destinations
  • Design of traffic calming measures at intersections
  • Advocacy in the form of advertisements, circulars, notices, signage etc. to target audience

Context

In July 2015, NIUA informally conducted an indicative traffic count at three intersections on the route between Jor Bagh Metro Station and IHC. Counts were taken for a period of 15 minutes during morning peak and afternoon off-peak periods. In addition a visual survey of the route was carried out on foot and by bicycle to mark hazard and conflict points.

Observations from the NIUA Field Survey – (July 2015)

  • Opportunities:
    • Jor Bagh Road has sufficient side-walk for provision of a bicycle track
    • Fourth Avenue has service lanes that could potentially be used as cycle tracks
    • Shaded paths due to continuous tree line
    • Potential to also include JLN Stadium Metro Station as Phase 2 in bike-share scheme as service lane is present for the entire stretch and re-design on only one intersection is required
  • Threats:
    • Illegal auto-rickshaw parking both at the Metro vomitory and IHC Gate 2
    • Illegal on-street parking on Jor Bagh Road near Jor Bagh Colony
    • NDMC Taxi Stand on Jor Bagh Road
    • Conflict point at intersections of Jor Bagh Road and Second Avenue, Jor Bagh Road and Fourth Avenue and Fourth Avenue and Vardhman Marg

Scope of Work

  • Re-do all the surveys with a larger sample randomly selected across all user groups. Survey should be both in English and Hindi.
  • Discussion with Traffic Police regarding reduction of lane widths, potential for bicycle and pedestrian signal provisions at signalised junctions and regulation of illegal parking
  • Discussion with road owning agencies regarding permissible scope of design intervention
  • On launch of the project, regular user experience surveys (monthly) to be conducted to modify operations of the service to suit users