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18 July 2020
Yulu bikes co founders ( Pic. courtesy Forbes India)

Multimodality is a form of transportation that is witnessing increasing adoption across markets, especially in semi-urban and urban areas that grapple generally with congestion and pollution-related issues.

The biggest opportunity for micro mobility in the near future is due to the fear of travel in public transportation. India is an underrepresented market for micro-mobility segment. The main opportunity in India is its amalgamation of different unique micro markets on economy, wealth, culture, income and livelihood. India is the largest two-wheeler marketing the world, and the millions of motorcycle and scooter riders have different navigation needs than drivers of automobiles, for easy reach in less time and better connectivity. For example, Google Maps in India’s first feature was the “two-wheeler mode” traffic navigator back in the year 2017.

Therefore, in the successive time period, people would be vouching for cycles, e-bikes, walking, and other solo commute options which could help to eradicate the fear of commute on multiple fronts. The Hub-To-Hub Model instead would ensure parking of bikes at designated spots; so only those needing a bike to come near a zone/station with assured sense of safety and precautions.

Market scenario-

The worldwide installed base of micro-mobility vehicles is forecast to reach 50 million by 2026 as its ability to dwell into a post-Covid-19 transportation landscape proves decisive in its comeback. According to ABI Research’s the shared micro-mobility market has ‘exploded’ globally. The present scenario is also giving service providers an opportunity to form tighter relationships with both communities and municipalities. The future of mobility following the pandemic, Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog is also of the belief that:

“India needs to prioritise sustainable mobility solutions that can help combat the challenges of social distancing and hygiene while ensuring economic activity resumes safely. Shared mobility services like self-drive shared scooters will be a highly efficient option for urban travel as they provide an affordable, individual and safe mode of transport for commuters.”

Sustainable future-

To ensure safety and healthy mobility options, the efforts has to be doubled into creating the required infrastructure in the following ways:

So although Micromobility brings a lot of ease in the last mile connectivity it needs to be scaled upon at various regions in India in order to be transitioning into a connectivity hub. It definitely has a huge scope in India where right now only few operators operate in few places.

Author Prateek Bebortha, Financial Analyst @Saatra Capital Advisory LLP

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