Have you ever dreamt of wrapping your arms around a speed power bike rider? Missed the liberating feel of hitching and riding an Okada? Well, Max Go, a new ride hailing venture in Lagos is introducing an app that lets you hail a Bike and beat the city’s infamous traffics. Public motorcycle transportation gained popularity in Nigeria in the early 2000s, many states embraced this transportation means but eventually dropped it due to safety concerns and frequency of accidents.
Max Go is using innovation to bring back one of Lagos’ most cherished transportation means, but this time with full rider safety options and passenger liability insurance, in any possible case of an accident. This looks like serious business.
Riders can choose to pay in Cash or Pay directly off their bank account using debit cards. All Bikes on the Max Go are models ranging from 200cc and above. This was as opposed the popular 100cc bikes which Lagos State Government had earlier restricted off major roads. 200cc bikes today still have access to ply major roads and Max Go is maximizing this license. Birthed by Metro Africa Express, an urban logistics startup launched in 2015 by Chinedu Azodoh and Adetayo Bamiduro, Max Go is currently a new cool.
According to Chinedu Azodoh, who spoke with techpoint, the company currently runs a motorcycle financing scheme in partnership with the Lagos State Employment Trust fund (LSETF). This is providing employment to young Nigerians as vetted riders are sent to the LSETF where they eventually receive funding to get a bike and become a Max Go rider.
At the moment, the Max Go app is only available to android users (the bigger phone user platform in Nigeria) and will be hitting iOS soon. With an Uber-esque interface and friendly function keys, riders can easily navigate the app, find available bikes around their location and hail down the closest “champion” (yes because only a champion would save through Lagos traffic unruffled).
Nigerian tech ecosystem indeed is wrapping innovation around familiar, cultural experiences while matching available global solutions with local peculiar Nigerian Problems. With Max Go, the infamous Lagos traffic might finally receive the punch it deserves. This indeed is an interesting time to be alive.
You can check out and download the app HERE.