Bicycle sharing gears up in city

Debasmita Dutta
Saturday, 3 March 2018

One can easily find these bicycles at Agriculture College in Shivajinagar, FC Road, Aundh, Pimple Saudagar and many other areas. All one has to do is download the respective mobile application, fill in the necessary details, search for nearest bicycle dock, unlock the bicycle and follow the necessary instructions to start their ride. 

Pune: With several bicycle sharing companies already running their businesses in Pune and many such eyeing to start their own ventures in the city, Puneites will certainly be benefited by these ventures. The service comes with a package of low cost, last mile connectivity, comfortable paying modes, ease of availability at prominent locations and various others the facility is certainly a hit amongst Puneites. 

One can easily find these bicycles at Agriculture College in Shivajinagar, FC Road, Aundh, Pimple Saudagar and many other areas. All one has to do is download the respective mobile application, fill in the necessary details, search for nearest bicycle dock, unlock the bicycle and follow the necessary instructions to start their ride. 

The facility is already provided by vendors like Ola Pedal and Zoomcar PEDL, Yulu, Ofo, Mobike and others. The latest vendor in the bicycle sharing space is Mobycy, which will soon be launching the service in Pune.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Akash Gupta, Founder and CEO of Mobycy, said that as Pune is a hub of IT professionals and a large number of students, the service will be a hit in the city. 
Mobycy already has its presence in Delhi and eight other 
cities. 

“According to a survey by Mobycy, it has been found that people between 18 and 24 years of age use Mobycy and other digital bicycle sharing platforms, the most. The city has a large number of population in the age group, which makes Pune a strong market for us. We have planned to start the service with 500 bicycles and gradually increase it to 3,000 to 5,000 bicycles within next three to six months,” added Gupta.

Speaking on various benefits of bicycle sharing, Gupta said that the service will help in reducing traffic congestion, as many people have to opt for auto rickshaw and cabs for small distance journey. “In addition to this, bicycle riding also brings in health benefits. As per a survey, it has been observed that 20 to 25 per cent of the riders ride a bicycle to solve their health issues.

About 60 to 65 per cent use it for last-mile connectivity to reach their office and schools. Seeing this, we are planning to tie up with various gyms and place the bicycles at a specific location so that people would avail the service to warm up before entering the gym,” added Gupta.

Sharing her experience of bicycle sharing, a student Poonam Mahajan said that she picks her bike from Aundh to reach FC Road. “It is affordable and I don’t have to worry about parking facilities,” added Mahajan.

Speaking about the infrastructure for bicycle riding in the city, Gupta said that the civic administration should focus on building bicycle bays on various routes. He also said that a strong operational team works on to reduce incidents of theft and misuse of bicycles.

“As all the bicycles have an installed GPS system, the operational team gets an alarm when a bicycle has been unlocked. With the use of technology and a dedicated team, the mishandling of bicycles are looked upon,” added Gupta.

 

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