Ahmedabad-headquartered public bicycle sharing (PBS) operator MYBYK has launched its services in Kochi today with support from Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) and Cochin Smart City Mission Limited (CSML).
The company has deployed 300 cycles across 35 MYBYK Hubs spread across the city and plans to add another 700 cycles and 65+ Hubs over the next couple of months. At present, the 35 Hubs comprise 21 Metro Stations (Aluva to Petta) and remaining secondary stations situated at prominent public places such as Panampilly Nagar, Avenue Center Hotel, Cusat School of Engineering, etc.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Arjit Soni, Founder & CEO of MYBYK said: “We are glad to launch our services in Kochi wherein people are genuinely exploring alternative commute options with the rising petrol prices, as well as problems related to traffic, parking and congestion. With this partnership with KMRL and CSML, users can now cycle not only for short but also long commutes by connecting with Kochi Metro. The expansion to Kochi underscores our commitment to redefining the public mobility landscape through affordability, reliability, and convenience. We, at MYBYK, aim at setting new benchmarks in sustainable transportation.”
Initially, customers can choose from any of the 3 economically priced plans as follows:
- Hourly – Rs. 2 (minimum ride charges – Rs. 15)
- Weekly – Rs. 199 (unlimited rides, user can keep the bike at home/office)
- Monthly – Rs. 499 (unlimited rides, user can keep the bike at home/office)
“KMRL has always been on the forefront when it comes to customer-friendly initiatives. The MYBYK PBS project has been initiated jointly by KMRL & CSML to address the problem of first and last-mile connectivity faced by Metro users and thereby making Kochi Metro more accessible and convenient. Eventually, the service will be connected to other public transport as well. We are confident that the services will be well received by Cochin’s and consequently public transport adoption will increase,” said KMRL representatives.
Easy and Flexible Service:
What sets MYBYK apart from other PBS initiatives in the country is the ability for a user to rent the bike and keep it with herself at home or office.
- To use MYBYK, a user has to first download the MYBYK app available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
- The user has to register through an OTP-based verification process.
- Users are also required to pay Rs. 500 as a security deposit which is fully refundable.
- Users can ride any MYBYK in the system but one MYBYK at a time.
- Users can also drop the bike at one station and pick any other bike from the same or any other station.
- In case of malfunction, a user can simply replace the bike at any of the MYBYK Hubs.
MYBYK is India’s largest and most successful premium bicycle-sharing service aimed at encouraging the use of bicycles and public transport as a sustainable mobility solution. It was founded in 2014 by Arjit Soni, a chartered accountant. The idea was born out of his own struggles in connecting the first and last mile while using Mumbai locals. MYBYK has pioneered the concept of shared mobility in an endeavor to make an outdoor experience more lively, diverse, and healthy and usher in a ‘green’ future for generations to come.
As of date, the company boasts of a total fleet size of 6000+ cycles spread across Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Udaipur & Rajkot. Some of its prominent projects include Ahmedabad Smart City PBS, Mumbai Metro Bicycle Feeder Service, Reliance Industries Limited (Jamnagar Refinery), ISRO, (SAC Campus).