Have you ever wondered the time it takes for you to reach home from work or vice versa? It’s a cliche, we tell you. For even a 30km journey, we have seen or heard of more than 2.3hr travel times. In fact, a study says that stress caused while travelling is one of the major reasons for heart attacks and premature aging. Woah! The incessant honking, trying to avoid hitting the bumper of the car in the front or the motorcyclist trying to wedge his steed through the gap does indeed affect one’s health. So what’s the solution to this or rather is there one? Welcome to last mile connectivity/
We happened to check with a few town planners and were shockingly informed that this usually doesn’t feature in their plot. When a metro or railway line is built, it is assumed that usually the commuters will find a way till there using a taxi, bus or the ubiquitous rickshaw. For example, In Mumbai, to reach the Ghatkopar metro station from the suburbs, one has to take the crowded local train.
If you stay somewhere close, the auto rickshaws will refuse to ply the distance. If they agree, the traveler will have to dance to the autorickshaw driver’s tunes. Then there are radio or app-based cabs, however unlike three wheelers these tend to get stuck in traffic.
In cities like Thane and in some places in Pune, there are public cycling sharing systems. These require one to purchase a card, load it with the requisite money, swipe to remove the cycle from predestined locations and then head away home. The next day, one can drop the bike back to the stand near the railway station. This not only helps one to pedal their way to a healthy life but also avoid traffic jams. A downside to this is one cannot pedal a cycle when going for a meeting or when the elements are in full force.
There is a solution to this. Bengaluru-based start-up Bounce has come up with an innovative solution. Closer to Bengaluru’s metro stations, there is are motorcycle/scooter parking lots that will have rental two-wheelers. Bounce happens to be a ride sharing platform which allows people access scooter for a short period to cover their commute from point A to B. They claim to solve the urban commute problems by using two wheelers to commute and also solve the last mile connectivity. All one needs is a valid riding license and some cash.
A quick chat with Nishchay AG, the spokesperson for Bounce reveals all the details about this last mile connectivity solution.
Here are excerpts from the interview on last mile connectivity
Q: Is there a monthly scheme? For example, a user wants the bikes on a daily basis. Will there be any concessions?
A: We have recently launched the commuter plan which promises a bike everyday for commuters. The commuters can pick up the bike in the morning and drop back in the evening or pick up a bike in the evening and drop back in the morning to ensure we cover the first mile and last mile commute everyday from metro stations. The commuter plans starts at just Rs 3 per kms which covers fuel as well.
Q: Do you provide ISI helmets for the rider and pillion with the two-wheelers?
A: Yes, we do provide ISI certified helmets to both rider and pillion and we also provide shower caps to maintain hygiene. We continuously inspect and replenish the helmets to provide comfortable experience to every customer.
Q: Should the user brim the fuel tank while returning or how does it work?
A: The solution is keyless and users are free to pick up scooter anywhere and drop anywhere and they are charged only for time and distance they use and the fuel is covered by us. If user can choose to refuel the bike if needed and same will be reimbursed.
Q: What if while returning the motorcycle, the user replaces a few parts and put in old non-working parts? Is there a policy here where this money will be recovered from the user?
A: We are continuously engineering to secure the assets through advanced telematics and sensors. These systems also alert us if any attempt of theft occurs. The advanced telematics enable us to track the vehicle round the clock and also disarm the vehicle remotely in case of theft. In case of any mishandling from customers, they will be charged for the damages.
Q: How many states is the service currently available and what are the plans of expanding?
A: Currently we are operational in four states and are constantly expanding our services. We operate in both metros and tourist destinations like Jaipur, Udaipur, Mysore, Gokarna etc and provide a unique experience to both tourists and daily commuters.