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Uber launches pilot bike-sharing service in Gurgaon

Uber launched its pilot bike-sharing service, uberMOTO, in Gurgaon on Tuesday, which is a ‘car-free’ day in the city. Customers can call for a motorcycle or scooter on the Uber app.

The base fare for the ride is Rs15, with Rs3 for every kilometre and Rs1 per minute. Earlier this month, Uber and its Indian rival Ola had launched a similar service in Bengaluru. But road transport authorities cracked down on the services, claiming that neither of the companies had got approvals.

uberMOTO services will be available in Gurgaon between 7.30am and 9.30pm. The customer has to wear a helmet before sitting pillion. The American taxi-hailing service provides GPS tracking of the bikes and customers can share the trip with others.

According to Gagan Bhatia, general manager, Uber Delhi, uberMOTO will help commuters save time and money on short trips. It will also provide last-mile connectivity to and from metro stations.

Driving from Gurgaon to Delhi, Noida and other parts of the National Capital Region is a major problem, despite wide roads and flyovers. Gurgaon is now well-connected on the Delhi Metro network, but many customers face problems of parking their vehicles outside metro stations.