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26 November 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: Mo Cycle is Bhubaneswar’s first Public Bike Share (PBS) system, with over 2,000 bicycles and more than 500 stations across the Temple City. It is run by the Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) in association with three private companies.

Launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in November 26, 2018, the affordable and convenient mode of transport completed one year in service on Tuesday. While Mo Cycle continues to be a popular mode of transport for youngsters and outsiders, of late, the craze of this bike-service has declined.

The scorching summer and monsoons have been a factor for impacting the usage of Mo Cycles. Besides, the Mo Cycle stations and the bikes were also hit by extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, said CRUT General Manager, Dipti Mohapatra.

"For the first four months, the response for Mo Cylces was very encouraging. It was after March we observed a decline. The reasons may vary but we are making an assessment to lift the popularity of this service once again," Mohapatra said.

The senior official added, CCTV cameras will be installed at Mo Cycle stations which are linked to the 'Mo Bus' (city-bus service) stands to ensure security of the bicycles. "Most of our users are civic and use the bicycles safely. They drop the cycles at stations after use. However, CCTV cameras will help us monitor the units constantly,"

Besides, there is a plan to integrate three different Apps (which are currently being used) into one app for using the Mo Cycle service. "As of now, Mo Cycle can be booked from three different mobile applications. To make this system convenient, we are planning to develop one single app by integrating the three existing Apps," she added.

Mo cycle consists of a fleet of specially designed cycles that are locked into a network of stations throughout the city. The bicycles can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system, making it ideal for one-way rides and getting from destination A to destination B.

Dipti Mohapatra, General Manager, CRUT