Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) security guards have been instructed by metro officials to not stop any passenger travelling with foldable cycles as long as it can pass through the baggage scanner. Previously, some guards did not allow passengers to board the metros with their foldable cycles. They were probably unaware that foldable cycles are, in fact, allowed. Bicycle Mayor Sathya Sankaran contacted metro officials over the matter to clarify the same. Talking to Bangalore Mirror, BMRCL Chief Public Relations Officer BL Yashavanth Chavan said, “We have always stated that foldable bicycles that can pass through baggage scanners are allowed in metros.” In fact, BMRCL has been encouraging the use of bicycles to address first and last mile connectivity issues and has provided YULU rental bicycles at the stations. BMRCL MD Ajay Seth recently told Bangalore Mirror, “We need to persuade people to move from private to public transport. To do that we need to increase the cost of parking. Parking is almost free in Bengaluru today. There is no space to provide parking at metro stations for the ever-increasing number of cars. We are instead providing parking spaces for bicycles, which is a more sustainable option.”Sathya Sankaran said, “The BMRCL officials said it will be better if people travelling with foldable cycles use the last compartment where provisions for wheelchairs have also been provided. However, regular cycles won’t be allowed due to space issues. I too have carried my foldable cycles in metros and in Volvo buses several times and urge Bengalureans to carry theirs too.” He added that foldable cycles must be allowed in all public transports and added that buses should have facilities for commuters to hang their foldable cycles.
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June 8, 2019
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