There is a new thing happening in the city at the moment and it is spreading across Indonesia at quite a rate.
The arrival of paid / uniformed Motorbike taxi riders or Gojeks (Ojeks is the common name for all motorbike taxis) is a new service being offered.
|Still an Ojek but in a green coat|
Basically, you book a bike to pick you up from your phone (its an app, they love apps here) and then a man arrives on a bike. He gives you a helmet a face mask and a hairnet and then takes you to wear you want to go for a fixed fee. Tip him or don't, its OK he gets paid by the company to take you.
For a distance of up to 25km its 15,000 rupiah fixed fee. So from my house to work its 15,000 in total. If I compare:
A Taxi - 80,000
Ojek, Bus, Taxi - 55,000
Ojek normal - 50,000
My own bike - Free (except, fuel, service and parts, and the chance of being stopped by the police)
So its pretty good value and there is insurance too.
|Map of the route to the destination|
I took my first Gojek recently. However, the GPS on my photo for some reason was not operating properly so the man thought I had cancelled when he called. Then he did not know where I wanted to go so I had to direct him all the way. It was however still 15,000 and with a tip of 10,000 it'd still easier.
On the way back, I could not get a phone signal so a colleague ordered me one. He arrived and took me pretty much straight back home; 15,000 rupiah plus tip and no issues.
We rode through 2 police stops as well which was good as I am sure I would have been stopped had I been riding alone.
However, I can't take them everyday as the cost is still high over the month and the guarantee that there are some Gojeks waiting about is not always there but I will use them more now I understand how to.
They also offer the following but I cant say if I will use them yet
Go Send - Parcel delivery
Go Ride - Motorbike taxi
Go Food - Man picks up food from selected restaurants
Go Mart - Man goes shopping and brings it to you
Go Busway - Live busway showing where the buses are
Go Box - Large parcels delivered
Go Clean - Cleaner comes and cleans the house
Go Glam - Hair and Makeup on your doorstep
Go Massage - Someone comes round and gives you a massage but its not a happy ending service
GO - HOE has not been created yet and probably wont be (not legally) but I am sure there is a service out there already, its just I am not aware of it. Although it happens in Kuta, Bali!
So they have a lot of different services and they are expanding.
There are other players out there now, namely Grab Bike but they are more expensive but maybe I will try them. They also have Grab Taxi which is slightly cheaper than normal taxis and Grab Cars which are private cars for hire and they are far cheaper. And apparently you can hire a Ferrari or something through them as well if you want to show off. I don't.