When we think of bike taxis, two things come to mind: quick and cheap, made even more pocket friendly using coupons for bike taxi apps like Rapido.
But, it also has certain disadvantages that you should consider before booking your next ride.
Safety comes first
Bikes have a low footprint and can be manoeuvred easily, letting you scoot in a standstill traffic and reach destination fast. But compared to other modes of transportation, 2 wheelers, including bike taxis, are less safe.
In case of an accident, the frame of the vehicle absorbs a lot of damage, reducing injury to the passenger. But there’s no such frame in bikes putting both the riders on the bike at risk.
Yes, helmets are there. But protection offered by helmets is bare minimum and helps reduce only head injuries.
Bike seats are narrow and not very comfortable. They also heat up a lot in summers, sometimes making it impossible to sit on them. Ever sat on a seat which had been bathing in sunlight for a long time? You must have noticed how hot they get.
While other modes of transportation like metro, buses and cabs are air conditioned, riding a bike taxi can be a very hot (or cold) experience and might not be comfortable enough, especially over long distances.
When you’re with a friend group or family, it’s natural that everyone travels together. Bike taxis though have seats for only one pillion rider, so it doesn’t make sense to choose bike taxis unless you are travelling solo.
Bike Taxi drivers used to carry skull caps to keep your scalp separate from the helmet promoting hygiene inside the helmet but it’s rare to find one now.
Also, helmets mess up your hairstyle: not something you may want if you’re going somewhere where you have to look presentable like a wedding or an interview.
Like everything, bike taxis too have advantages and disadvantages. And different people have different priorities at different times. Considering the above factors will help you make the right decision next time you’re heading out for work or pleasure.