Women in Gurgaon now have a new commute option – a two-wheeler taxi service called Bikxie Pink that was launched a week ago, with a fleet of five pink scooties. It is a bike taxi service exclusively for women, and has only women riders.
The service was officially started on January 20 by Bikxie, which is a Delhi-based two-wheeler taxi service provider.
According to reports, this is the first-of-its-kind service in India. Bikxie was started by Divya Kalia and her husband Mohit Sharma. 10 days before the launch of Bikxie Pink, they also launched Bikxie Blue for male commuters.
Bikxie Pink charges Rs. 10 for the first two kilometres and Rs. 5 for every additional kilometre. It is an app-based service and women can book a ride through a mobile phone. With regards to the safety and hygiene concerns of passengers, the drivers carry pepper spray and disposable shower caps that can be worn inside the helmet.
Bikxie’s app also has an SOS button to ensure safety of the passengers. The service runs between 8 am and 6 pm.
The Motor Vehicle Act does not have provision for bikes to be used as taxis. But after Haryana made amendments to its transport laws, introducing regulations for the use of two-wheelers for commercial purposes, many bike taxi services have started operating in the area. These services are helping commuters fight the last mile problem – that is reaching the final destination from transportation hubs like railway stations, bus depots, metro stations, etc.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Divya Kalia used to travel to Gurgaon in a metro every day, but she always struggled to find an auto to reach home from there. The available autos would charge a lot, and that is why she wanted to solve this issue. Up till now, Bikxie Pink has completed over 100 rides with just five bikes.