Bicycle service Jobike launched in DU

Our Correspondent:
App-based bicycle ride-sharing service Joebike has set its foot in on Dhaka University campus. Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) and Jobike authorities jointly inaugurated ‘Jobike-DU Chakkar’ at a programme in TSC on Today.

Dhaka University vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman launched the service while deputy education minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury spoke as a chief guest at the launching programme.

DU VC hoped this service would help ease traffic movement in the campus area. DUCSU’s student transport affairs secretary Shams-E-Noman said introducing the service was one of his key electoral pledges.

“I hope this service would be a big leap forward in making our Dhaka University campus carbon free,” he said.

“Students have to bear the expense of traveling short distance in rickshaw inside the campus. This service will reduce 70-80 per cent travel cost of the students inside the campus,” Shams told.

Jobike rolled out its service in DU on 7 October on a pilot basis. The service will be only available on the campus for students, teachers and university staff members.

Registered users can use the facility to travel from Nilkhet to Nimtali, Palashi and Shaheed Minar to Shahbagh using the service. Users will have to pay Tk 2.50 for first five minutes and Tk .40 for every next minute.

DUCSU general secretary Golam Rabbani, founder and chief executive of Jobike Mehedi Reza, DUCSU and hall representatives among others, were present at the launching ceremony.

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