A two-wheeler taxi idea for Chennai, like these SF Zipcar scooters

This San Francisco initiative talks of a Zipcar for scooters, on the lines of car hires. Quite a bright idea, literally, with the red paint branding and logo on the Vespa scooters. The logical question is, why not a two-wheeler ride service for Chennai (or any other Indian city or town)? They can help many young people get employed and add a mobility option in the city, in the last mile (from railway stations, bus stands and junctions to interior streets). A working milometer can be used to calculate fares.

Zipcar scooters are seen at launch (image linked from TechCrunch)

In fact, two-wheeler taxis are not a new idea in India. They have existed even two decades ago in Goa. Today, they may offer a viable alternative to the costly autorickshaw rides in cities such as Chennai and Coimbatore, when only one person has to travel. Naturally, safety concerns have to be addressed, the riders rigorously trained and compelled to offer a crash helmet to the paying passenger.

Evidently, this is an idea worth looking at, but will the politicians of the day in Tamil Nadu muster the will to break mobility bottlenecks? Likely not.

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2 responses to “A two-wheeler taxi idea for Chennai, like these SF Zipcar scooters

  1. good idea, does any one knows the process to run this as business in some metro cities?

  2. Ya.. right this services also provide BIKE 4 EVERYTHING with new ideas
    B4E launched on demand bike taxi services has emerged as a one stop solution for everything that could be imagined on bike like bike taxi, bike laundry, bike delivery, bike servicing etc. B4E also launches an app for booking two-wheeler taxi which can be downloaded from Google play store. Bike 4 Everything provides the reliable and safe ride in minutes with a mobile based application. It is less expensive as compared to other services. It is an on demand logistic provider which helps other businesses to flourish. for more information u should visit here: http://www.bike4everything.in/

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