BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) in a press release has stated that now foldable cycles will be allowed in the metros but only in the last coach. The Metro users will be exempted from payment charges of luggage that is foldable bicycles that do not exceed 15 kg in weight.
“BMRCL is pleased to announce Metro commuters can carry a foldable bicycle in the last coach of Metro train along with their travel. The size of the foldable bicycle shall not exceed 60 cm X 45 cm X 25 cm in dimension and not exceeding 15 kgs in weight,” the release stated. BMRCL in the release has informed that this decision has been taken to promote the green initiative.
“The bicycle shall be packed properly so that it does not damage the interiors of Metro coaches. Also, it shall not cause inconvenience to co-passengers,” the release further stated.
Some passengers fear that not everyone can afford the new foldable cycles as they are expensive and therefore this move will not benefit everyone. Addressing this concern PC Mohan, a BJP Lok Sabha MP from Bengaluru, tweeted: “BMRCL announces that commuters can carry a foldable bicycle in trains. Considering the requests of the public and cyclists, BMRCL must also permit regular bicycles. Allowing bicycles will resolve the first and last mile connectivity hurdles for many commuters in Bengaluru.”