If you need to travel within Bonifacio Global City or the Makati Central Business District, then you should check out Moovr’s latest rides.
The ride-sharing app has been around since December 2020, and the company has just updated its fleet with new electric bicycles and electric kick scooters from Okai.
These personal mobility devices (PMD) feature an electric motor with a top speed of up to 25km/h. The EKS are throttle-driven, while the e-bikes are pedal-assist only.
They may look simple, but these rides are pretty high-tech, making use of the Internet of Things (IoT) via integrated SIMs (iSIMs). These allow geofencing so users don’t go outside the service area. And there’s even a topple alert to notify Moovr in case one of its vehicles falls.
Renting a ride is straightforward. Download Moovr on your phone, set up an account, and load it with credits (via GCash or credit card). Upon opening the app, a map will be displayed showing the different stations and the available vehicles—including the ID number, the rate, and the battery level.
The e-bikes and the EKS cost P30 for every 10 minutes (or a fraction thereof). Also, there are still mechanical bicycles available at P25 for every 15 minutes.
Reservation is possible, but it will incur an additional fee separate from the rental charge. Users can only rent one ride at a time for a maximum period of up to 24 hours (or until the battery drains down to 15%).
To get started, scan the vehicle’s QR code or input its ID number, and it will be unlocked for you to use. To end the ride, you must properly park at the designated hub as shown in the app, or else the timer will continue counting.
Helmets are not provided, but their usage is recommended. However, just because you have one doesn’t guarantee your safety. So be aware and defensive at all times when riding.
Follow traffic rules; use hand signals to communicate; and yield to pedestrians. Also, double-riding on the e-scooters is not allowed.