We are happy to share the news that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed betweenÂ Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Ride A Cycle Foundation (RAC-F), EMBARQ andÂ Gubbi LabsÂ to implement the Namma Cycle Bicycle Sharing program on an experimental basis within the IISc campus.
Once the program is successful, the NammaCycle program is planned to be extended to all the neighborhoods in Bangalore. Ashwin Mahesh, as the mentor for Namma Cycle, has set an ambitious deadline for this vision to be realized by end of 2013.
IISc in general and CiSTUP in particular are very keen on providing a safe space for experimenting with the idea of Namma Cycle. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to start the Namma Cycle program rolling.
EMBARQ has come forward to support NammaÂ Cycle with theirÂ technical expertise. Sanjay Sridhar of EMBARQ feels thatÂ Namma Cycle is in-line with their vision of Â making cycling a reality in cities. Â SanjayÂ has been instrumental in getting BSA to provide 150 cycles for this program.
Gubbi Labs, which currently owns the license for the software that enables the operations of the cycle rental system, plans to make the software free and open source for people to replicate the system anywhere.