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Bike taxis are here

Startups like Rapido, Baxi, and Uber and Ola are betting on low-cost bike taxis to solve the last-mile connectivity problem

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In November 2015, when Aravind Sanka and his two fellow ex-IITians, Rishikesh SR and Pavan Guntupalli, were looking at opportunities to pivot from their on-demand intra-city truck service startup theKarrier, they found themselves pontificating on a rather simple life query; how can a common man travel from one place to another, with maximum convenience and affordability?

The answer to this question should have been, on two legs.

Another matter altogether that the founders thought of motor bikes as the ideal. Sanka describes them as the “ultimate solution” and launched an on-demand bike-taxi…

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