Mobike brings dockless bike sharing to Pune based MIT-World Peace University (WPU)
▪ After tremendous success in Pune City, Mobike cycles into its first campus location in India: MIT-World Peace University, Pune to make connectivity & mobility around the 70+ acres campus easy, healthy and fun
▪ Nearly 3,000 students and faculty to benefit from Mobike’s presence on campus
India, Pune, July 30th, 2018: Mobike, the world’s first and a global leader in bike sharing, today launched its dockless bike sharing service at MIT- World Peace University in Pune. Starting today, 100 plus Mobike bikes in their signature bright orange color will be available to nearly 3000 students and faculty to use for on-demand, local trips around the 70 +acres campus. This is the largest campus roll out of its kind in Pune.
MIT- WPU also becomes the first educational campus in India to join the ranks of prestigious institutes globally where Mobike has launched operations. Across the markets of North America, Europe, and APAC, Mobike has launched operations at premier institutions catering to the local mobility needs of students and faculty. Mobike caters to riders across 19 countries in over 200+ cities globally including institutions like Kasetsart University in Thailand, Davidson University in the US, Israel’s largest university – Tel Aviv University besides others. Mobike has been widely adopted by these universities and has quickly become the most preferred way to get around.
Mobike’s launch on the campus is a result of a strong student and administration push to bring next-generation bike sharing to the university campus’. MIT WPU has been ranked as a leading engineering institution in not just Maharashtra but in the Asia Pacific and one of the top private engineering colleges in India while MIT- WPU is a leading center for scientific, educational, technological and spiritual development of students. MIT WPU is the benchmark of promoting sustainable living across educational institutions with its widespread green cover. The campus also houses advanced health and fitness facilities. Mobike’s launch complements the university’s ethos of a healthy and sustainable living.
Today’s announcement furthers Mobike’s expansion plans for Pune. Launching in Kothrud in May this year, Mobike has expanded rapidly to Fergusson College Road, Junglee Maharaj Road, Law College Road within 2 months, and today introduces its service on the MIT-WPU campus, making it the most visible/widely available bike sharing player in Pune city.
Mobike brings to MIT-WPU campus it’s ergonomic, state of the art and technology-enabled bikes that will make connectivity & mobility in and around the campus easy, healthy and fun. The bikes will be located strategically – outside hostels, college, recreational areas, cafeterias and all over the campus to ensure that riders can easily locate one on demand.
Keeping the convenience of students and ensure maximum participation Mobike has ensured that the riders will be able to pay digitally on the Mobike App using multiple payment options [Wallets, Net Banking, Credit Card, and UPI]. Further based on user demand Mobike will introduce it’s attractive monthly pass pricing of INR 99 that allows a rider up to 2 hours of ride per day in the campus.
“We’re thrilled to have a premier Institution like MIT WPU among our partners, an institution that has been a torch bearer in adopting and promoting initiatives that bring social change. By making Mobike available across the MIT WPU campus, we aim to provide a safe, accessible and affordable and eco-friendly mobility option to students, professors and staff of the Institution. We would like to thank Mr Rahul Karad, Executive President of MIT WPU, the Registrar and students of the institution and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for supporting our joint vision of making Pune a model cycling city. ”, said Vibhor Jain, CEO of Mobike India.
Mr Rahul Karad, Executive President of MIT WORLD PEACE UNIVERSITY, said “We are extremely excited to welcome Mobike on our Kothrud campus which brings to our students and faculty a world class urban mobility solution. Welcoming Mobike on campus is a true testament of our focus on promoting sustainability and helps us to further our core values of raising socially aware citizens of tomorrow.”
Raghav Chaddha, Student President, MIT-WPU, said “We look forward to having Mobike in our campus. It’s a matter of great joy that Mobike is launching at MIT-WPU which gives access to thousands of students an affordable way to get around in a trendsetting manner.”
Mobike has signed an MOU with Pune Municipal Corporation, in support of the municipality’s ambitious ‘Pune Cycle Plan’ that aims to allocate resources, undertake projects and evaluate the outcomes towards achieving the goals set for improving cycling in Pune. The plan emphasizes on promoting cycling culture and expanding its dedicated cycling track to over 700+ km of in the next 3 years.
Mobike is the world’s first and largest smart bike sharing company. Its mission is to bring more bikes to more cities, using its innovative technology to make cycling the most convenient and environmentally-friendly transport choice for urban residents. Using specially designed bicycles equipped with GPS and proprietary smart-lock technology, Mobike enables users of its smartphone app to find a bike near them, reserve and unlock it, then complete their trip by simply closing the lock anywhere regular bicycle parking is allowed.
The company officially launched its service in April 2016, and in just two years, has now expanded the service to over 200 cities in 19 countries globally. By making urban cycling more accessible, popular, and smart, Mobike is delivering scaled sustainable mobility solutions for people and cities around the world. By getting people out of cars and back on bikes, Mobike is helping reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, improve traffic congestion, and benefit public health. Mobike users have collectively cycled over 18.2 billion kilometers, equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by more than 4.4 million tons or taking 1.24 million cars off the road for a year. In recognition of its transformative contribution to the advancement of low carbon public transport, Mobike was named among the 2017 Champions of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Photo Captions –
1. dsc 6696 – Narendra Salunkhe, project officer bicycle dept PMC, Sharadchandra Darade Patil, Dean MIT, Dr I K Bhat, VC of MIT WPU, Dr Deepak Apte, Registrar MIT WPU, Vibhor Jain ceo Mobike India and students of MIT WPU Kothrud campus
2. 20180730_11353075 – Vibhor Jain ceo Mobike India interacting with students & Media at MIT WPU Kothrud campus
3. 20180730_ 113944273 – Mr. Rahul Karad, Vice President & Trustee, MAEER’s MIT Group of Institution addressing media at the event.