Following the approval of the regional transport authority, Noida is all set to get its first bike taxi service after the state assembly election results are declared on March 11. The bike taxi service is being introduced by Baxi, an operator that already runs its service in Gurgaon.
Initially, 10 bikes will be stationed at the Noida City Centre Metro station, officials said. Subsequently, the number of bikes across the city will be increased.
The operator has already registered one bike with the transport authority. Officials said that the bike taxi service will boost last-mile connectivity to offices, schools, colleges and residential areas from the city’s metro stations and bus stops.
A trip from Noida City Centre, up to 3 kilometres, would cost around Rs25 on these bikes. The fare meters would work on time and distance, a spokesperson of 74 BC Technologies Private Limited, which runs the service, said.
Baxi is owned by 74 BC Technologies Private Limited, a Gurgaon-based company, promoted by Ashutosh Johri and Manu Rana, from the 1995 batch of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
After covering the metro stations, the company has planned to station its bikes around markets and malls where there is a heavy footfall.
“Our pilots (drivers) are trained in hygiene, etiquette, safety and other aspects that can make the passengers comfortable in using our service. They will carry helmets and hairnets for pillion riders. Our bikes can be spotted from a distance and all our pilots will be wearing uniforms,” Johri, the managing director of the company, said.
He said that the tariffs are calculated on distance — Rs15 for 1.5km, Rs20 for 2.5km and Rs30 for 3km. He said, “People take bike rides only for short distances and the fares have been fixed in the backdrop of company’s experience from the six lakh rides completed in Gurgaon.”
The bike taxi service is slowly gaining popularity in India as it can help commuters save time. It is already popular in countries such as Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Cameroon, China and Sweden.
Commuters can book their ride on the Baxi mobile application and they can also approach the pilot for a ride if they spot one near them, said Johri. He added that the company will also try to cover areas that have fewer public transport facilities.
“We will also consider the commuters’ advice on fares and may make suitable changes to them. The fleet of bikes can rise up to 100 across the city, over a period of five to six months,” Johri said.