An official said a public bicycle-sharing system will be launched in Jammu under the Smart City Mission to boost eco-friendly mobility.

The official said that the system would allow users to rent out a bicycle from designated automatic docking stations and deposit it at another docking station close to the destination.

He said it would be a first-of-its-kind initiative in Jammu and Kashmir and be available to all citizens at a nominal rent.

Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) has established 60 automatic docking stations across the city, and each one has ten slots to park and lock bicycles.

“Sixty docking stations have been established in prominent city locations so far, and the work for 60 more is in progress,” the official said.

He said Jammu Bus Stand, Indira Chowk, Government Medical College exit gate, Super Speciality Hospital, Parade Chowk, Jammu Airport entrance gate and Ragunath Temple are among the docking locations stations have been installed.

JSCL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Avny Lavasa said 720 mechanical bicycles, 80 electric bicycles (pedal-assisted), 120 docking stations, a mobile application, bicycle redistribution vehicle are the components of the project.

“The public bicycle-sharing system will help citizens maintain good health and bring down pollution levels in the city,” Lavasa said.

Officials said a user could rent a bicycle by downloading and registering the ‘Yaana Bikes mobile app with a mobile number. The app is available on both android and iOS platforms.

They said the minimum membership is available at Rs 50 for five rides of 30 minutes each in a day, and the maximum membership at Rs 1,500 for 1,500 rides of 30 minutes each over a year.