This is great news for metro commuters in Bengaluru. In less than two weeks, you will be greeted to a mix of new electric, moped and motorcycles with full tank fuel at different Metro stations for passengers on rent in. Called as ‘Metro Bikes’, about 30 two-wheelers will be stationed at five Metro stations for the benefit of commuters, who need mobility around the Metro stations. This is part of an attempt from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to achieve last-mile connectivity.
Anil G, co-founder of Wicked Ride, a bike-rental firm, told Deccan Herald, “The BMRCL has allowed the firm to set up kiosks at five Metro stations – Baiyappanahalli, Trinity, Indiranagar, Mantri Square and Peenya. We will be operational in two weeks’ time,” he said. Wicked Ride has won the contract for the next three years, he added. The customer will be given the two-wheeler of his choice after collecting proof of his/her identity and address proof. They have to return the vehicle at the same kiosk. The rent will be charged based on the time and distance factors.
The minimum charge is Rs 20 which entails the commute of 3 kilometres done within an half-an-hour. Every additional kilometre will be charged at Rs 3. The price will be reduced to those with membership card, the co-founder of Wicked Ride said. “In the latter stage, we will include multiple docking stations all around the city with parking facilities. We have also initiated the process to launch a mobile-based application with pre-booking facility,” he said. Besides, the BMRCL has also approached the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to provide feeder service at Metro stations.
Wicked Ride has been working closely with various agencies in solving the last mile connectivity problems seen in metros and Tier II cities. They also conduct Guided Adventure Motorcycle Tours to Many Places across India and Beyond. To know more, visit https://www.wickedride.com/.