I have tried Grab Bike this Wednesday after my meeting at the Fort. I usually go for Grab Taxi or Grab Car, but it was past 7 PM. The combination of extreme traffic and high demand for both Grab Taxi and Grab Car meant that even if I tried over and over to book a ride, I will never get one. I mean I probably will but I will be stuck in traffic and get home around 10 PM.
This was when I opted to try Grab Bike, I mean I was used to riding habal habal when I was still working at the Fort (P50 from Ayala MRT to Picadilly). This was the quickest way to get to the office, but with some cons of course (hello magulong buhok). I really wanted to get home as fast as possible, and Grab Bike seemed to be the only legit way to do it.
Within a few minutes of opting to look for a Grab Bike, I booked a ride. The cost? Php 170. Initially I thought it was a bit expensive but after my ride I realized that it is just the right fare.
My ride from Fort to Coastal Mall took 20 minutes. Yes, sumisingit si kuya but he already asked permission at the start of the ride if okay lang and I said yes. During the stops on our ride I asked him some questions. I found out that there were a lot of consumers already booking rides via Grab Bike. The farthest one he had was Manila to Imus (which just shows how crazy the traffic situation is here in the Philippines – wake up DPWH/MMDA/LTFRB/LTO/DOTC). In terms of daily rides, he would usually get 10 – 12 per day which would mean he can take home anywhere between Php 1,000 to Php 1,500.
This is why I was saddened by the post I saw on Grab’s Facebook page – that they will be temporarily stopping Grab Bike. I don’t understand why they are keen on suspending Grab and Uber, which provides another option for transportation or commute and a more organized system, and not reprimanding taxi operators with drivers who ask for additional charge or who wants a fixed rate. I am still optimistic though that they will re-consider Grab but if they don’t I think they really should provide different options for commuters.