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Going to Work in Thane? Skip the Traffic and Rent a Cycle

Part of a green cycle initiative in Thane, you will now be able to rent a cycle from a cycle stand near you or even online!

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One of the most populous metros in India, Thane constantly struggles with traffic every day, especially during office hours. Although that’s the case with most metros, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is offering its office-goers a chance to cut down on the ‘rush’ during rush hours.

So, commuters of Thane, how would you like travelling to work on rented cycles?

A green cycle initiative by the TMC will set up 50 cycle stands all over the city, which will have 20 cycles available each for a nominal rent. It’s simple – pick one from the stand closest to you, and drop it off to a stand nearest to your workplace – all for 10 bucks!

If you wish to rent the cycle, you have to register yourself and get a smart card through which you can both rent and return the cycle.

As of now, only three cycle stands at Korum, outside Viviana Mall and Majiwada will be functional.

Picture for representation only. Source: Flickr

These have 30 bicycles. For the rest, it will take a month, reports the Hindustan Times.

“Citizens will have to swipe the card at the stands while taking and dropping their cycles. The users will be charged a nominal fee for availing the cycle service. The cycle stands will be set up near 50 prime bus stops across the city, including the railway station and bus depots. The residents can also pay online. The cycles will benefit tourists who come to the city for sightseeing,” an official told HT.

The bikes can also be rented online using an app called ‘Ilovecycling’, which will also give updates about the routes you’ve travelled and the calories you’ve burnt, reports Times of India.

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Written by Deepika Bhardwaj

When she's not resolving conflicts between belief and desire, she's letting her mornings be consumed by Coltrane and leaving her nights in the hands of Hendrix. An average singer and lover of graphic novels, Deepika tries to proper your noun for a living.