Pune: Cycle rental services moves to top gear

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The Bicycle sharing services in Pune has become a hit. Private firms PEDL and OFL launched the services with 1200 cycles the previous year.  They are well-liked among locals who use it for exercise purposes as well as short trips.

Aundh, Balewadi, Shivajinagar, Deccan, Pimple Saudagar, Baner are some areas where these cycles can be seen. Savitribai Phule Pune University and College of Agriculture, Pune are among big educational institutes where the services are available.

The response is quite good but there are also instances of vandalism by miscreants. This has caused a concern for the PMC based Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC). The officials refused to share the no. of damages caused but those in the know said that 80-100 cycles need to be repaired.

Rajendra Jagtap, CEO of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd, said,” the plan was to deploy about one lakh cycles in the next four months. The present deployment of 1,200 cycles was being used to gauge behavioral and usage patterns. PEDL has deployed 900 cycles while OFO has deployed 300.”

He went on to say that we will have to have at least one lakh cycles on road. The information received by us shows 10,000-12,000 trips booked on these two services every day.

Mathen Thomas, Pune head of Zoomcar and PEDL, said,” the average trips go up on weekends from the weekday average of about five bookings per cycle. We have deployed cycles on FC Road, JM Road, Law College Road, Prabhat Road as well as university campuses. Cycles have also been deployed in Pimple Saudagar and Pimple Nilakh.”

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has signed MoUs with four service providers to support the Pune Cycle Plan. It aims to increase it to 1 lakh by June this year.

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