App enables shared bike rides to reach Metro, bus stations

App enables shared bike rides to reach Metro, bus stations

A startup is promoting bike pooling to provide last-mile connectivity for city commuters.

Its app Bykerr links commuters with those riding two-wheelers to bus and Metro stations.

The app displays the fare once a commuter selects the trip's start and end points.

Bike rides can be faster and more economical than cab trips, says Transhelp Technologies, the startup promoting Bykerr.

The app can also be used to hail autos.

Bykerr was founded by Hrianmay Mallick, his wife Monalisha Thakur, and Narayan Mishra.

Mallick, CEO, told DH, "The vision is to make public transport more accessible to commuters."

Typically, Bykerr sees itself connecting people over short distances, from home to the nearest public transport terminus, and back. Any biker can sign up.

The transport department does not permit bike taxis, but bike pooling is legal, Mallick said.

The company promises safety, saying it monitors all transactions and its bikers are registered and verified.

How it began

Mallick used to work for a company near MG Road.

He and his colleagues had difficulty getting to the Metro station after work: there were no buses, and autos added to the commute cost.

"That's when we decided to launch this app," he said.

About 500 people have downloaded Bykerr from the Google Play Store so far. The app is basic, and has received its share of likes and dislikes. Some users are disappointed bikes are not easily available.

BMTC and Metro authorities are positive about Bykerr as it connects people with public transport, Mallick said.

"If all goes well, we will operate from all Metro and BMTC stations soon," he said.

Bykerr was ranked one the most innovative startups at the CII Innovation Summit this year.

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