Bike Taxi Bans in India Are Bad for Everyone

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News Story Source:, by Srikanth Ramakrishnan
I took a Rapido to work today, and now I want the government to legalize bike taxis.

This morning, when I left for work, I decided to try something different. I normally take an Uber Pool or Ola Share to work because of Bangalore's acute lack of proper transport services. Sharing a ride makes sense for a middle-class professional in his mid-20s because it's cheap, and it's faster and more convenient than a bus.

However, today the city witnessed some major traffic snarls and fares were, naturally, on the higher side. Looking at my options, I decided to try Rapido — a bike taxi aggregator. While I was experiencing a similar experience to my usual ride, I was surprised, for the ride was much faster and much more comfortable. The reason is simple common sense — bikes can navigate congested areas better. 

The interesting thing, however, is that bike taxis are banned in the states of Karnatakaand Maharashtra — two states that contrib
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