Shared/Electric Mobility at #CK2018

April 5th 2:00pm – 6:00pm 

Session: Accelerating New Sustainable Mobility 

Venue: Willow 

Our session at CK celebrates 5 years of running new mobility accelerators and entails learnings from the past accelerators and what accelerators do we plan to run in the future (including launch of brochures and posters). It will also have a panel discussion with various participants such as government officials, entrepreneurs, impact investors, and experts from the new mobility ecosystem to talk about the vision for the future – a collaborative effort between the governments and enterprises for equitable and sustainable mobility for all. 

April 6th 10:00am – 6:00pm 

Session: Implementing Successful Public Bicycle Sharing Systems in Indian Cities

Venue: Jacaranda 2

Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) systems are booming around the world and becoming smarter with computers and mobile communications. Interestingly, in India, cycling isn’t new as a mode of transportation, but the concept of public bicycle sharing is relatively new. While Indian cities have been experimenting with public bicycle sharing since a national urban transport policy in 2006 called for "moving people rather than vehicles”, there were no large scale successful bicycle share systems. Things relatively changed in 2017 with launch of 2 city wide PBS systems in Bhopal and Mysore. With launch of these 2 systems and given the focus on Smart Cities Initiative and availability of AMRUT funding, many other cities started looking at implementing city wide bike sharing systems, several cities like Kochi, Vizag, Bhubaneswar and New Delhi are in advanced stages planning and implementation. The year 2017 also saw an increase in the number of big and small players venturing into the bicycle sharing space in India.    

Amidst all the interest, the concerns and issues around planning and implementing successful and sustainable city wide PBS systems still remain, given there are only a few successful examples to look at. While it’s not only the planning and implementation that the cities need to get themselves well versed in, today, bike sharing is experiencing another breakthrough in terms technology in the form of dock less systems. In just the last three years, dock less bike sharing has expanded from small, campus-scale systems in China to more than 17 million bikes worldwide. India too is looking at experimenting with this new technology. Hence it becomes important to understand the concept behind choosing the right technology keeping in mind the city specific context.  Another important aspect that the cities need to consider is the provision of safe infrastructure in making PBS a success.    

The session seeks information on the above stated challenges through brainstorming and expert’s discussions, including a series of interactive sessions with city authorities as well as private players in the field. The workshop will also feature interactive exercises on structuring successful PBS systems.

The complete session/workshop is divided in 2 parts. The first part will include panel discussions and the second part will be a ‘How to’ workshop on implementing and planning bike sharing systems for cities. The second part of the session will be a combination of presentations followed by interactive exercise to apply the lessons learnt.

Agenda & Session Details



09:30 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am – 10:15 am

Introduction to workshop/Session details

Session I: Innovations and Trends in Public Bicycle Sharing and Indian Cities

10:15 am - 11:30 am

Session Details:

This panel will focus on the innovation and trends in technology in the bicycle sharing systems. The discussion will focus on the various types of technology available i.e. dock based, dock less and hybrid systems, their benefits and applicability in terms of Indian context.


Introductory Presentation –  Luca Lo re,WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities


Moderator–  Mr. Amit Bhatt, Executive Director- Integrated Transport, WRI India (Moderator)



·       Mr. Sanyam Gandhi, Chartered Bike, Bhopal

·       Mr. Raghu Kerakatty, Green Wheel, Mysore

·       Mr. Sujith Nair, Mobike, Delhi

·       Mr. Syed Arfath, Parxsys, Bangalore

·       Mr. Akash Gupta, Mobycy, Delhi

·       Ivan de la Lanza,Manager, WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities 

11:30 am – 11: 45 am


Session II: Importance of Safe Cycling Infrastructure - Creating a bicycling culture through infrastructure and integration

11:45 am – 01:00 pm


Session Details:

The session will talk about the importance of creating and promoting safe cycling infrastructure/environment. The session will talk about various interventions/measures that cities can implement to promote safer cycling environments e.g. bike lanes, promoting bicycling culture, education and awareness etc. This session will have experts and city officials talk about their experiences of implementing similar measures in their cities.


Introductory Presentation –Mr. Chandramauli Shukla, CEO, Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd.


Moderator–  Mrs. Sarika Panda Bhatt, Deputy Director- Streets For All, WRI India (Moderator)



·       Mr. Chandramauli Shukla, CEO, Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd.

·       Mr. Debashish Sen, IAS, New Town, Kolkata, West Bengal

·       Mr. V.Umashankar, IAS, CEO, GMDA, Gurugram

·       Mr. Pankaj Nain, SP, Rohtak

·       Mr. GP Hari, GM, Urban Transport, KMRL, Kochi

·       Mr.Ranjeet Gadgil, Parisar, Pune

01:00 – 02:00 


Interactive Exercise Sessions

Session III: How to structure a bicycle-sharing systems for cities– Technical Components

02:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Session Details:

This session will focus on 3 technical aspects of planning and implementing successful PBS systems – (1) Process i.e.  Planning & Designing (2) Tangible Assets i.e. bicycles, rolling vehicles, Support infrastructure, Control and command centre etc. (3) Intangible Assets i.e. Health and Safety, Accessibility and integration, promotion of bicycling culture etc. This session will comprise of an expert’s presentation on the technical aspects followed by the interactive exercise to apply the lessons learnt.

03:30 pm - 03:45 pm


Session IV:  How to structure a bicycle-sharing system: Business model and Financial Elements

03:45 pm - 05:15 pm

Session Details:

This session will focus on different business models cities are using around the world. This session aims at educating the participants about the funding and financing components and policy frameworks required for successful implementation of PBS systems in cities. This session will comprise of an expert’s presentation on the technical aspects followed by the interactive exercise to apply the lessons learnt.

05:15 pm – 05:45 pm

Key take-aways and next steps/ Closing


April 5th 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Session 1: Launch of "Better Bus" Challenge (Media Event)

Venue: Jacaranda 2 

With more than 70 million people traveling in buses, state-run public bus providers play a key role in connecting people across the city. Transit agencies, however, have been financially constrained in augmenting urban bus capacity and improving service quality. The proliferation of private vehicle ownership and usage has, in turn, subject public buses to congestion and delays, affecting their reliability and attractiveness. Today only 18% of work trips are made on public transport in India. 

For cities to become more productive, there is a need to transition away from the growing trend of vehicle ownership towards more sustainable modes of commute. To aid such a transition and make the system more efficient and attractive, decision makers need to broaden their perspective of urban transportation beyond tradition models. India, being at the forefront of innovation and technology has seen a new wave of mobility solutions; however, limited to the private sector. There is great potential for this technology to transform the country’s public bus services. 

The “Better Bus” Challenge is offering $150,000 along with mentorship and support to partner with transit agencies to design and implement solutions for a smart experience of the bus commute. This is an opportunity to transform our cities and to make our public transport systems of high quality and affordable for all. 


April 5th 2:00pm – 6:00 pm 

Session: Media Discourse on Electric Vehicle Adoption in India (Media Event)

India is one of the largest vehicle markets globally and by 2020, different stakeholders are proposing of introduction of approximately 7 million vehicles. However, the recent statement by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India, he boldly stated that an action plan for Electric Vehicles is in place and no policy is required. According to features done by various media houses, a policy for the electric vehicle industry is not only important, but, will be one of the key driving factors for the new age of transportation. In this era, media plays a crucial role and with the vast availability of online media, reaching at the mass level is now possible in a country like India where majority of users, even auto rickshaw drivers, have a smart phone. The underlining fact is why media should be involved and if so, what can be the possible discussion points with them in a forum. 

1. Outreach and suggestions by media publications on what would be the best practices to implement EV adoption without disrupting the overall economy of the country. 

2. Media is no longer restricted as a medium of information, but, also a tool to influence or better yet, encourage different government and private bodies to move in the right direction 

3. No policy for electric vehicles would mean very little or no incentives. With the current tax slabs for electric and hybrid vehicles being too high, it would not be possible to encourage commuters to choose electric or hybrid over conventional internal combustion engines. Media can again play a crucial conduit to work out a policy implementation and suggest to the government bodies why it is important to have policies. 

4. Ability of the media to explain about the importance of policies as well as an incentive plan or incentive plans based on segments to encourage users to buy an electric vehicle 

The Core discussion point will be how a set policy structure for the Electric Vehicle industry may benefit India’s overall growth making the EV sector a sustainable and permanent mobility solution. Media publications, especially online media are invited for this roundtable discussion around the core discussion point.