I’d like to believe that I am not vain, considering that I still cannot take a decent selfie. However nothing is more sobering than the live photo option on the GreenRide user app, a public bicycle sharing service.
To access the shared cycle stands scattered across Delhi you first need to share a tonne of personal information. You’ll need to share a selfie and two ID proof documents. If you don’t feel vulnerable sharing a sans makeup selfie, uploading images of your Aadhar and any other photo ID such as a PAN card, passport or driving license may put you on edge.
Since I am on a mission to do my bit for the environment I wasn’t going to let the risk of identity theft stop me. In all fairness, once the registration is approved the app is pretty easy to use. The fare is calculated on the bases of time slots for 60 minutes. The first two times you pay ₹10 per slot and thereafter its ₹20. The annual charges are ₹200. After revealing all my personal information, I was ready to peddle away my worries and burn off last night’s doughnuts.
Turns out this app is useful if you live around Vishwavidhyalaya area. Do try it if you are a student at any of these North Campus colleges: Ramjas College, Daulat Ram College, Hansraj College or Kirori Mal College. All you need to do is select the “Take a Ride” option, scan the barcode, and pull the cycle out from the stand. When you are done just return the cycle to the nearest GreenRide stand (check for service availability at greenride.in).
Another app called Planet Green Bikes services south Delhi. Thankfully it didn’t ..