In today’s highly populated cities, bike taxis and ride-sharing are a good alternative to free up congested roads. Most bike taxi startups have started with a focus on last-mile connectivity. You can book a bike taxi just like you hail an ola or Uber using a mobile app. Many startups have already started operating in different cities and more look to join the race.
Bike taxis are becoming one of the preferred modes of transport among Indian commuters, especially the youth. They have their share of advantages and challenges.
- Catering to last-mile connectivity and short distances
Most cities in India have a wide network of public transport systems which includes buses, metros and trains. Yet, most people have to find a way to reach their home or destination when they get down from the metro or bus. They have to either book a cab or auto-rickshaw which can often be costly for travelling the last few miles which are often inconvenient.
- Reach the location on time and save time
On-demand bike taxis help you cut down on your commuting time and drop you at your destination quicker than cabs or autos. Bikes are ideal for navigating the narrow, crowded streets and bazaars of India where cars find it difficult to reach or park or move an inch. You often get dropped off way before and walk your way through to reach the location. For instance, a car that takes 30 minutes to cover the distance can be brought down by 15 minutes at least when riding a bike.
- Reduce traffic congestion in cities
Bike taxis are becoming popular and can transform into a prominent mode of transport in the future. The number of cars will go down leading to less-congested streets. So that we can witness India becoming a cleaner and safer country with fewer cars on the road free of traffic congestions.
- Affordable Mode of Transport
Not everybody in India can afford to travel in a cab which is still considered to be a luxury. Bike taxis promise an affordable way of transport and don’t need you to spend hundreds of rupees. You can pay 40%-60% less when the customer travels by bike taxi instead of a cab.
Bike taxi companies ensure the drivers are courteous and friendly. You can rate them for their riding and behaviour. That means you are less likely to come across rude and stubborn drivers which seems to be the case in many other taxis.
Let us look into some of the best bike taxi startups in India
Rapido holds the title of first and fastest-growing bike taxi app in India. One of the pioneers of the bike taxi service industry, Rapido, has its presence in many major crowded cities in India. The company offers doorstep pickup, affordable fares and faster rides for their customers.
- Uber Moto
After the massive success of its cab service, the company has expanded its services by offering bike taxi services under the name UberMoto. The bike taxis were introduced as a new line of the company’s innovation in 2016. The scooter taxi service by uber have completed more than a million trips within a year of its launch and offers its services in more than 11 cities across the country.
- Ola bikes
Just like Uber, the can service giant Ola launched its bike taxi service wing under the name Ola bikes in 2016. Established as a last-mile mobile solution. Ola bikes now extend its presence in various cities across the country.
Bikxie was among the first startups in the country to launch bike taxi services alongside Rapido. Launched in 2015 November, bikxie now caters to last-mile connectivity and logistics requirements in more than 20 cities across the country. Bikxie is among few startups that cater to two separate bike taxi services for men and women. Bikxie Pink for women which has women drivers and bikxie blue brigade operated by male drivers for men. This startup also serves as a bike rent app.
Mopedo is one such on-demand bike taxi services application that is soon going to be launched in Hyderabad, which is integrated with advanced AI technology. It is one of the right platforms that provides surveillance for both the customer and pilots.
This new application provides all the insights marked solely and is a disruptive service model that has added a new mode of travel which makes it easy for the customers. The application ensures high-end security for users with safe rides. This app aims to provide first and last-mile connectivity to public transit by occupying less road space and also helps in easy navigation through congestion.
Mopedo helps fulfil the rider and customer experience. Riders pave the path for a redefined driving experience.
Bike taxis are gradually penetrating the Indian market, and consumers are becoming aware of their presence. Mopedo is going to be one of the startups that will make it easy for commuters to find riders easily and make it more accessible.