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INFOGRAPHIC | SISU students' entrepreneurial project: UniBike, campus shared bikes


12 December 2016 | By Huang Qiuye, Huang Xiting, Zheng Yiyi, Tu Ruyue, Chen Chutao and Zhou Jiawen | Copyedited by Gu Yiqing

  • UniBike @ SISU

    Learn more about UniBike: http://www.unibike.me

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n January 29, 2016, UniBike campus shared bikes were put into use on Songjiang campus at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).

"UniBike" is an entrepreneurial project of nine SISU undergradute students. The project has now received the first round of funding.

Different from other bikes, UniBike, known as "by your bicycle", is all painted blue. The bikes can park in lots of places of the campus, including the canteen, the main teaching buildings, the sports center and university library.

Zhu Yuzheng, a junior SISU student majored in journalism and communications, is leading UniBike’s department of market and public relations. She said: "UniBike will come into use in other Shanghai universities in this December. The Songjiang campus is expected to complete the project within two weeks."

Different from several shared bicycles that have already come into service now, UniBike is mainly used for campus. Zhu thinks that the needs of shared bicycles in campus have not been satisfied yet. Although the construction of the tram causes some effects on the use of bicycles, shared bicycles are of great help on campus.

Wu Hanbing, a student from SISU’s School of Economics and Finance, thinks the appearance of UniBike fits with the campus, saying that APP of UniBike is easy to operate. You just need to turn the lock catch to unlock the bike. And it’s much cheaper than other bike-renting service. Besides, other users say that the bike operates not as smoothly as ordinary bikes. “Anyway, it’s acceptable for the public bicycle should be durable,” Zhou li, a SISU junior student says.

Zhu says the company will let their crew to fix the bike and to pull the bike back to the convenient places for students. “The damage of the bikes is inevitable, frankly speaking.”

The enthusiasm of riding is not high in winter; however, the operator chose to release the bikes in this season. He indicates how anxious the teams are to put the product into use and better examine it, “we need to operate in a real environment to perfect our product”.

To make the usage convenient, each UniBike adds a basket and an intelligent locker, which opens as soon as a customer scans the QR code. A new customer needs to download an app the first time he uses it. Charging ranges according to a user’s points. For first users, it’s 0.5 yuan per minute. The higher the grade, the less a user needs to pay for it.

But there are also a small number of Android systems which are not compatible with the situation. In this regard, one of the UniBike principles Ke Yuze explained that Android mobile phone system is more difficult to match due to its various phone models, but the technical department will speed up the solution.

However, at present users can only return those bikes to seven universities in Songjiang or within the scope of Wenhui Road. According to the person in charge, users can park the bike in other locations, but it will continue to charge until they ride back to the specified range of returning.

 

 
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