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Clean Green Machine: Mysore’s New Public Bicycle Sharing System

TrinTrin is set to launch in March 2017.  
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Volunteers are welcome to participate in the ongoing trial runs of Mysore’s new public bicycle share system. Photo: Harish Kumar H.A./TrinTrin

No visit to Mysore (officially Mysuru) is complete without visiting its stately palace, trawling through its manic markets, and tucking into boxes of Mysore pak. But there’s a new way to hit the mandatory circuit—on bicycle via Mysuru’s spanking new Public Bike Share (PBS) system. The bike-share system, adorably called TrinTrin after the sound of a bicycle bell, is set to launch in early March 2017. Until then, volunteers can send an email to participate in the trial runs.

The city-wide bike share is the first of its kind in India, and is a government initiative run by Green Wheel Ride, a city enterprise that manufactures battery-operated bicycles. Using the PBS is straightforward, and well-explained on the website. Sign up on the TrinTrin smartphone app once it launches, or at one of the six registration centres, with your name, address, phone number, and ID proof like a passport or Aadhar card. Choose a membership plan—there’s a charge of ₹350 that includes a refundable security deposit, and plans vary from four hours in a week, to monthly and yearly schemes. Visit a registration centre with ID proof to pick up the smartcard, which can be used to unlock a bike (and return it!) at any docking station in the city.

TrinTrin was kick-started to promote affordable, earth-friendly, non-motorised transport, and reduce traffic and pollution levels—in sync with Mysuru’s status as India’s cleanest city. TrinTrin is ideal for Mysuru’s wide roads and pleasant climate, said Darpan Jain, commissioner of the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, adding that the city already has local bicycling clubs. The bike-share plans are actually designed to encourage short-term use, with zero or minimal charge for the first 30 minutes of a ride, so that bicycles are always in circulation.

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TrinTrin has docking stations located around the city centre, including at the railway station, bus depots, and tourist draws such as its palaces and lakes. Photo: Harish Kumar H.A./TrinTrin

The bike share currently has 450 bicycles and 52 docking stations located around the city centre, where most tourist attractions and commercial activity lie. The docking stations include the Amba Vilas and Jaganmohan palaces, the zoo, Kukkarahalli and Karanji lakes, the foot and summit of Chamundi Hill, and St. Philomena’s Church in addition to bus depots and the railway station. Put a couple of days aside to view Mysore’s sights, and make sure to fuel your ride with luscious Mysore pak. Make the most of your trip with our city guide.

  • Saumya Ancheri is the former Assistant Editor of NGT India's web team. She loves places by the sea, and travels to shift her own boundaries. She tweets as @Saumya_Ancheri.

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