Chennai, January, 2019: Bengaluru-based organization Rapido Bike has launched its operations in Chennai. This company offers a novel take on an age-old concept of transportation by replacing the conventional four-wheeler taxis with bikes. Rapido’s services have been widely received in South India, and the company is looking to expand its reach across the country gradually. We will also be launching our services in Salem by this month.
The main aim of Rapido is to provide economical, cost-effective, fuel-efficient and time-saving transport. The organization wants to tackle the issues that commuters face due to heavy traffic conditions, especially during the morning rush hours. It offers commuters the alternative option of a bike instead of a car or public transport to navigate through traffic snarls quickly and reach your destination on time.
This is how it works – You have to download the Rapido mobile app and book your ride. A rider, also known as a Rapido ‘Captain’ will come and pick you up from your location and drop you off at your desired destination. You pay a base fare of INR 15 plus a distance charge of INR 3 per KM. Rapido ensures that all its Captains are legitimate owners of the bike with a valid driving license. The company also issues shower caps and helmets to all its Captains and customers and puts great emphasis on road safety rules and regulations.
Sharavana, Regional Manager for Rapido, says, “The Rapido concept is based around providing economical, convenient and high-quality transport facilities for solo commuters, especially those who need to travel far or have to get somewhere quickly. It can be someone who’s late for an exam or needs to get to a hospital for an appointment or in the event of an emergency. In such cases, a bike is invariably faster than a car or a bus. However, not everyone might have a bike or know how to ride one. That’s where Rapido comes into the picture. Our services are currently available in Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and 20 Other Cities in India.”
It also stresses the employment opportunities that this initiative opens up. People can sign up as Captains and earn a decent living. Currently, many Rapido Captains in India earn up to Rs. 25K a month. Rapido offers its Captains a part of the cost of the ride, along with many other benefits. It also offers Chennai citizens the option of a faster, economical and easy-to-use commute.
In the wake of the launch, Rapido is currently offering introductory rates of just INR 19 upto 3 KM. It aims to simplify commuting for resident of Chennai, enabling them to navigate the small roads and traffic snarls conveniently.