NEW DELHI : Planning to grow its presence three times in the next 12 months, ride hailing giant Ola has expanded its Ola Bike service to 150 cities across India.

Claiming that Ola Bike is now India's largest micro-mobility serice, Ola said it hosts the largest network of bike partners in India and has enabled livelihoods for about 3 lakh micro-entrepreneurs over the past year.

"Bike, the company is making inroads into the hinterlands of India, enabling hundreds of millions of Indians to have access to affordable, reliable and convenient on-demand transportation, something only their counterparts in the larger cities thus far have been able to enjoy," Ola said in a press release.

Being ubiquitous across India, two-wheelers are popular for being a more economical, nimble and quicker alternative to cars and buses. Uber, Ola's biggest rival, also runs a similar bike service in select cities.

Arun Srinivas, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Ola said, “Ola Bike offers consumers, a smart, innovative and affordable mobility solution; this is an offering that truly reflects our mission to build mobility for a billion people".

Ola Bike service is functional in small towns such as Chapra in Bihar and even in large metropolitan areas such as Gurgaon.

“Ola has revolutionised mobility in India with unique offerings across cabs, auto-rickshaws and more, and we are excited to bring the same experience to hundreds of millions of Indians through Ola Bike," Srinivas said adding that it aims to impact over a million bike-partners in the coming year.

Ola Bike was first introduced in 2016 as a last-mile mobility solution in Gurugram, Faridabad and Jaipur.

The popularity of the service among both bike-partners and customers has encouraged Ola to introduce it in various new markets - from large urban metropolitan centres such as Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Kolkata to small towns such as Gaya in Bihar, Bikaner in Rajasthan and Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh.

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