Chinese bicycle sharing platform Mobike has planned to launch an app-based bicycle sharing service in India. It starts from Gurugram and the project will be launched in other parts of the country which include Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Nagpur.
According to a TOI report, an MoU was signed between Mobike and DLF Foundation according to which the project will be initially introduced on Golf Course Road which is jointly developed by DLF and HUDA.
Mobike which was launched in April 2016, has operations in around 100 Chinese cities and over 200 cities across the world. In past months, Mobike expanded its service to Singapore, UK and launched its first batch of bikes in the capital of the United States.
The app lets users scan QR codes on Mobike-branded bicycles which allows them to unlock, use and pay for rentals on-demand. The firm is expected to launch with a similar model in India with nearly 5,000 bicycles on Gurgaon roads. It is still figuring out the logistics which includes setting up a ground level operations team and seeking support from local authorities, including traffic police and MCG.
Vibhor Jain who is the CEO of Mobike says that apart from giving an alternative mode of transport for the last mile connectivity, the service will also gather data about usage and help authorities to develop infrastructure accordingly.