Bhopal boasts highest usage of public transport in India: Ola Mobility Institute’s Ease of Moving Index

Bhopal, November 1, 2018: In an effort to lay the groundwork for building a sustainable mobility ecosystem, Ola Mobility Institute, the research and outreach arm of Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms, today released India’s first Ease of Moving Index 2018. Findings from the report reveal that Bhopal has the highest usage of public transport in India. The city also received the second highest score in preference of this mode and top score for average trip length.The report seeks to offer a comprehensive action plan for cities to further strengthen their public transportation systems and improve the overall state of mobility.

Bhopal boasts highest usage of public transport in India: Ola Mobility Institute’s Ease of Moving Index

The report was released by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, in the presence of Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola, amongst other key dignitaries.

 

With mobility needs being city-specific, the report surveys over 43,000 respondents from 20 cities spanning across the length and breadth of the country. These cities were selected on five parameters – Scale, Character, Culture, Economy and Geography. Considering 50+ parameters that have been segmented into People, Infrastructure and Sustainability as the pillars of evaluation, the report assesses the accessibility, efficiency and safety of current transportation facilities. With sustainability being the need of the hour, the index offers a roadmap which will aid transit agencies and urban planners to make informed decisions and align solutions with the preferences of commuters.

 

The report also reveals some other interesting insights about the mobility scenario in Bhopal which include:

 

  • In terms of mode preference, 46% of citizens favour public transport
  • 91% commuters in Bhopal are sensitive towards the environment and opt for environment-friendly vehicles
  • 81% of public transport users access it sustainably
  • Out of the 53% of the youth population who own bicycles, 94% utilize them for either commute, leisure or both
  • 74% of citizens believe that parking infrastructure at transit stops could be enhanced

 

Speaking at the launch event, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation said, “The ease of moving index is a commendable effort to assess the state of mobility for cities. This report has important information that can help public stakeholders, city administrators and city planners in making smarter decisions to address pollution, congestion, and safety, and in building dynamic solutions to improve mobility for citizens at large.”

 

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder & CEO, Ola said, “The revolution in mobility is just beginning, and we believe the emergence of a mobility economy can be a catalyst for economic and social development for the nation. The ‘Ease of Moving Index’ helps us begin to assess the importance of Mobility for cities and citizens. The Ola Mobility Institute will work on projects to help mobility contribute to economic development, and we welcome collaboration to strengthen the “Ease of Moving Index” as an annual benchmark for improved mobility.”

 

Analysing the progress made so far, ‘The Ease of Moving Index’ serves as a litmus test and also assesses if the transport behaviour of citizens is consistent with the concept of sustainable mobility. The rapid growth of shared mobility and willingness to adopt electric vehicles hint that India is ready to enter the next phase of sustainable transportation.


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