Uber’s biggest rival in India, Ola has launched a bicycle sharing service in India. Called ‘Ola Pedal’, the service is meant for distances not so far to book a cab and not too close to walk it out. Ola Pedal will focus on college campuses, townships, and IT parks. The service is currently being tested in Kanpur and will soon be rolled out in more cities.
Getting a bike on Ola Pedal will be as easy as booking a cab. The Ola app will provide the user with a code to unlock the smart lock on one of the bikes on a stand. For user verification, the Ola pedal service will use ‘Adhaar’.
The best part about the service is that it is free for first half an hour. After that, you will be charged Rs 5 per half an hour. That’s a good incentive to
Ola claims that these cycles are made in India. Reportedly, these bikes feature sturdy alloy frame and puncture proof tires. The concept is not new as Mobike and Ofo are run similar businesses in China.