May 22, 2016

Soon, hop off the metro, hop on to a bike


Imagine this scenario: you step out of the metro station, hop on to a Harley Davidson parked in the basement and head to office. This may soon become a reality. For now, commuters can rent basic two-wheelers or bicycles by the hour.

BMRCL has tied up with a startup to provide last-mile connectivity to commuters. It launched the pilot venture, called Metrobikes, at Trinity Station on Saturday.

The service will be available at Trinity and Baiyappanahalli stations from Monday and from Indiranagar, Peenya and Mantri Square Sampige Road from the first week of June.

BMRCL has tied up with Wickedride Adventure Services for this venture.

K.J. George, Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning, who flagged off the first bikes, said that it is gratifying to see startups trying to solve problems faced by commuters in the city.

“Let the youth come forward to solve the city’s problems,” Mr. George said.

After the entire Purple Line of Namma Metro was thrown open to the public, there has been a marked rise in the number of commuters. However, options for last-mile connectivity remain few and far in between.

Renting two-wheelers from stations with the option of returning them at any station would be useful.

“We plan to increase our fleet and extend services to other stations depending on the response we get from the commuters across the city,” said Nishchay A.G., technology head at Wickedride.

Thirty vehicles will be available at each station. The company currently offers non-geared two-wheelers and cycles, but there are plans to increase the fleet to include electric vehicles. Even non-metro commuters can rent a bike.

Luxury rides

Based on commuter feedback, there are plans to expand the fleet. “We are considering introducing high-end bikes on weekends when we anticipate demand for such vehicles,” said Mr. Nishchay.

(Reporting by Cinthya Anand)

Monday launch

Services at Trinity and Baiyappanahalli stations

Services at Indiranagar, Peenya and Mantri Square Sampige Road from June

Pricing for

two-wheelers

Rs. 20 is the minimum billing amount

It is valid for 30 minutes

and 3 km

Beyond 3 km, the rate will be Rs. 3 per km

Rs. 10 will be charged for every additional 30 minutes

All the two-wheelers are equipped with GPS

Pricing for cycles yet to

be announced

Rules for

two-wheelers

Furnish valid driving licence and ID proof

One helmet will be provided free of cost

Fee for additional helmet

Source - the hindu