Dhaka University students are going to get country’s first bicycle ride sharing service JoBike from today (October 7) following a colourful inaugural ceremony. DUCSU students' transport secretary Shams-E-Noman confirmed Bangladesh Post about the inaugural of the service. The test run of the long-hoped service already began yesterday.
Shams E Noman said: "The fare for riding those bicycles will be kept at a reduced rate compared to other university campuses and residential areas where JoBike will be operational." "It will cost Tk 2.5 for the first 5 minutes and after the first 5 minutes Tk 0.4 will be charged for every minute till the end of the ride," he added.
Shams said: “A five-member committee was formed earlier and it requested the founder and CEO of the company to charge a reduced rate from the students of DU and he adhered to our request; but it was set to keep Tk 3 per minute in other operational areas." "Initially 100 bicycles will be launched from the test run day and later the number will be raised according to the demands of the students," Naman said.
The whole project will run under the name of DU Chakkar.
JoBike -- bicycle sharing app -- started its journey from the tourist hub city of Cox’s Bazar in January 2018. Initially, the startup plans to run its service at Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, Chittagong University, Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh and Islamic University, Bangladesh, in Kushtia. The service is now also available at Jahangirnagar University, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) and the Mirpur DOHS area of Dhaka.
Users are charged Tk 3 for every five minutes, and bicycles must be returned to the point where they were taken from. The JoBike mobile application enables users to find bicycles for rent. After downloading the app, users will have to sign up and can then scan a quick response (QR) code on the bicycle to unlock it for use.
Earlier, a top official of the company said they are not concerned about the bicycles being stolen as they are using the Internet of Things (IoT) in their specially-designed bikes to prevent theft. JoBike Founder Mehedi Reza is a former product operations manager at Alibaba Group, the largest online trading company in the world.
Bangladesh Chhatra League, in its manifesto prior to the Ducsu elections, said that it would initiate the JoBike operations on the campus for easy movement of the university students.