Country’s first bicycle-sharing app launched | 2018-06-20 |

Country’s first bicycle-sharing app launched

Jannatul Islam     20 June, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Country’s first bicycle-sharing application named ‘JoBike’ began its journey with a test-run in the tourist city of Cox’s Bazar on Monday.

The mobile application-based bicycle rental services initiated on pilot basis and will move to commercial basis based on the success of the trial initiative, JoBike Operations manager Istiaque Ahmed told the daily sun on Tuesday.

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 code on the bicycle to unlock for using it.

As it is a very environment-friendly mode of transport, this kind of bicycle-sharing service is very popular in different countries like China, Singapore and a number of European countries, according to the official.

Istiaque also informed that the users can receive bi-cycle from three points of the city — Kolatoli, Sugandha and Laboni point — and can be rented automatically via a smartphone app.

The firm will move for commercial basis based on the success of the trial initiative, according to the official.

To make the service popular, the company is offering the service free of charge for the first seven days.     

The official said charge might be set at Tk 1.50 for each minute, but if anyone rents a bicycle for the entire day, they may be charged at a different rate.

JoBike founder Mehdi Reza said the journey started from Cox’s Bazar as it is the heart of tourism of the country.

Reza, also former manager (product operations) of Alibaba Group, the largest online trading company of the world, believes that this initiative will help flourishing the country’s tourism industry and at the same time will help making environment-friendly transport system.

Top official of the company said they are not concerned about the bicycles’ security as they are using Internet of Things (IoT) technology for their specially-designed bicycles to protect those.

Istiaque Ahmed said they have also plans to run another pilot programme on the Jahangirnagar University campus with another 20 bicycles from the first week of July.

Earlier, the technology firm donated ten bicycles to aid in development work at Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.