HAVANA, Oct. 11th Before the end of the year, the capital will have a public bicycle system at a pilot level, originating from the Technological University of Havana, according to information provided to the Cuban News Agency.
The program will have six cycle stations and was conceived to promote the use of this low-carbon means of transport for work and study reasons, mainly, said Reinier Campos Pompa, head of Development of the General Directorate of Provincial Transport in Havana (DGTPH).
He highlighted that they are carrying out the last construction actions in the civil works of the central station at the José Antonio Echeverría Technological University (known as CUJAE) in order to begin the implementation of the project with 300 bicycles.
Since 2021, the management of the pilot program has been prepared, which will have Inteliforja as operator, after winning a tender in which Cuban state companies and forms of non-state management related to this means of transport were presented.
Regarding the characteristics of the bicycles, Campos Pompa highlighted that they were assembled at the Narciso López Roselló company, they are mechanical, with a special design and planned maintenance treatment.
According to the specialist, two cycle stations will be in the Clock Club area and another four will be located in the Fontanar-Abel Santamaría-Wajay corridor, in the Boyeros municipality.
With CUJAE we design other complementary services for the university community such as bicycle and motorcycle parking, mechanical workshops, and specific bicycle rental, he added.
The idea, he expressed, is that these media remain as short as possible at the central station, and can solve specific transportation problems by leasing teachers and students so they can go home at night.
The public bicycle system is one of the edges of Neomobility, a comprehensive project financed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) that is committed to changing the paradigm towards sustainable urban mobility in the capital of the largest of the Antilles.
Various cities in Latin America such as Bogotá, Santiago de Chile and Mexico City promote the massive use of bicycles on their streets, especially after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For example, the capital of Colombia is considered by experts to be a leader in promoting the use of bicycles in the region, since around 611,470 trips are reported daily using this means of transport.
(Taken from ACN)