The Future of Smart Mobility – Highlights from the Young Turks Conclave

India is progressing at a steady rate and aims to become a smart nation in the near future. Every sector is being upgraded and the transportation sector has not been left behind. The movement has already begun, the changes are being implemented &  efforts are being made to make the way you commute ‘Smart’. The CNBC Young Turks Conclave conducted a session with renowned personalities from the mobility sector in India to discuss the future of Smart Mobility in this country, and the founder and CEO of Yulu, Amit Gupta was a member of the panel.

To begin with, the panel discussion focused on the reasons that our society requires Smart Mobility. The roads in big cities are congested and the air is polluted heavily which makes it difficult to breathe. In times like these, a ‘decisive set of moves’ should be taken, is what Amit Gupta iterated in the session. To start with, the panel addressed a common goal to make commute more affordable and reliable. With the inflated prices of vehicles and fuel, every individual is looking to find the mode of transportation which would be more convenient and affordable at the same time. As Amit Gupta pointed out, Yulu is aimed at making  commute affordable, convenient, and human effort driven.

In the panel discussion, all the panelists agreed to the need to build a multi-modal approach to transport. An individual has to make an average of six decisions regarding his daily mode of transport, and smart mobility would just ensure that all the rides are convenient and on time. From the first-mile to the last-mile commute, one knows that they would not be facing difficulty. This would also ensure better productivity and affordability.

Addressing the panel, Amit Gupta listed the challenges in the route to Smart Mobility. He pointed out that the country is still developing and the infrastructure is not developed enough to pay adequate attention to eco-friendly two wheelers. There are not many cycle lanes constructed yet for the safety of the cyclists. As the infrastructure of the city keeps on developing, the future of Smart Mobility comes nearer.  Amit highlighted that luxury is not sustainable anymore, taking into account the huge population and the congestion on roads. The sector is showing a major shift from ownership mobility to shared mobility. The future of mobility is going to be shared and electric, as cities are becoming unlivable and it would be hard to survive if more fuel was used for commute. Amit Gupta says that the transportation sector needs its ‘demonetization moment’ where the mode of transport completely changes to an eco-friendly alternative, as this would aid in conservation of the environment. Currently, there are too many personal cars on the road and there are various solutions to bring about the change to a shared mode of transportation majorly, but the sector needs to be organized first. Amit also addressed the common issue of the passengers that the regulations need to be simplified as the daily commuters face trouble with respect to the complexities in regulation. Government support is needed to help in the movement and also draft the policy framework which would serve as the backbone on which these investors and regulators would thrive on, and bring about Smart mobility within this nation sooner.  

Transportation is also becoming smart in terms of payment. Payment is now digitized for many service providers, with a reduced need for carrying cash-  once the journey is over, the amount would be deducted from your wallet balance

The true signs of development are not when a poor man can afford a private car, but when the rich man prefers to commute using the public mode of transport. This statement is true in every sense, and resonates with Yulu’s purpose. After all, the ‘Whatsapp moment’ in the transportation sector is nothing but a richer and smoother commuting experience. Yulu has established its vision in Bengaluru and Pune and is soon launching in Bhubaneswar. Join the initiative and help bring in the future of smart mobility by pedaling the change.

Cycling Checklist – A Guide on Cycling Attire & Safety Accessories

Cycling is a great mode of commute but when it comes to larger cities, cars and buses take up all the space and fuel. Promoting cycling as a major mode of commute in big cities would resolve this issue and help build a better and greener environment for everyone living in it. But before you begin with it, you have to make sure to get as many ticks as possible on this cycling checklist- as it is the ultimate guide to cycling attire and safety accessories that you may need on the road.

  1. Jersey: Wearing a long sleeved jersey is a very sensible option when you go cycling as it would help in keeping the sun off during summers and keep you warm during winters. Besides, it is more breathable with its moisture- wicking fabrics. You can accompany the jersey with bike shorts as ideal wear for cycling.
  2. Packable Raincoats: The unpredictable weather calls for some precaution and it is safe to have a packable raincoat at your disposal which you can wear to save yourself from the rain anytime while cycling.
  3. Hat and Sunglasses: It is always advisable to go cycling wearing your hat and sunglasses. They will protect you from the severe heat and keep your body temperature normal. You might want to carry water bottles with you as well to keep yourself hydrated.
  4. Gloves: If you plan to pedal for a long time, it is best you wear gloves as it would help avoid blisters, gives a stronger grip on the handle bars and protect your hands in case of a crash. It also keeps your hands warm for full control in the chilly weather.
  5. Helmet: You never know the future and you would want to be prepared in terms of safety from any kind of accident and the helmet will protect your head in those situations. It is never safe to ride without wearing a helmet.
  6. Puncture repair kit: When you are taking up cycling, be aware of the fact that punctures in the tyre is not a very rare incident. You must learn how to repair punctures. Carry a puncture repair kit with you. If possible, do carry a mini pump also, and fill your tyres with air whenever you need it.
  7. Lights: It is very essential to carry a torchlight with you or have any source of light at your disposal if you are going to cycle in the dark or the night hours. The lights will help you stay safe and keep you seen in the dark.

We have covered all the essential accessories and utilities you will need to get pedaling your way. If your travel distance is less and there are cycle repair shops on your way, you may skip the puncture repair kit and the mini pump, else do carry it with you. Yulu brings forward to you its initiative of making this country a greener place to live in and make the roads congestion free by promoting cycles as a mode of commute. All you’ve got to do is scan and rent a bicycle using the Yulu app and make sure you check all the boxes in the cycling checklist we have provided above, and Pedal the Change.

Here’s what Yuluites have to say!

Yulu has been in the market for a very long time and has enjoyed sharing the success with you people who have constantly rendered your support to bring about the much needed change in the society. We would not exactly say that we have accomplished all our goals we had promised of bringing in the society, but yes definitely have initiated the change and the Yuluites are the proof to our statement. Well, let us look into a few testimonials of a few of our Yuluites who have supported our cause and stood by us. Yulu has always believed in a greener and better environment for everyone in the society. One of the initiatives taken by Yulu was to reduce pollution that causes harm to nature and to promote an eco-friendly way of travelling. Another main issue that Yulu addressed is the need to free the roads of the heavy congestion in the big cities. It saves a lot of time for the travelers and also promotes a healthier mode of transportation for the travelers. Let us go through a few responses of the Yuluites.

Himanshu Shekhar wrote on Facebook about his experience with Yulu where he claims that it was a “great way to explore the city”. Well, very true indeed. If you wish to explore the beauty of a city, you may not do very well on cars and buses, but cycle really is the best option as you can make as many stops on your way and admire the magnificence of the city, taking all the time you need.

Sumit Sehrawat, wrote on Facebook about his adventure with Yulu. On his visit to Pune, he came across Yulu cycles parked at several locations and decided to give it a try, and guess what, alike most of the users, he too enjoyed his ride and also spoke on the ease to get going with the ride. As Sumit puts it, “The best part is just scan, ride and park anywhere.” We always look to make your rides smooth and more convenient.

Piyush Nair, another Yuluite wrote on Facebook of his ride with Yulu and to quote him it was an “amazing experience.” He travelled to Baiyappanahalli metro station using a Yulu bike and he claims that he reached his destination sooner than usual and he dodged all the unnecessary traffic on his way. Well, that is what Yulu is designed for. We aim to free you of the regular oppression of the traffic. Keep pedaling with us and make your journey more fun.

Umeshnrao on his Instagram profile wrote that he finds it the ‘best way to lose some weight, while waiting for someone’. Cycling, indeed, is a very good exercise to lose some calories and build a healthy body. If you cycle regularly for half an hour, you may notice the change in yourself soon enough given that you maintain a healthy diet. Best of luck @Umeshnrao on your amazing venture and hope we are of more use to you.

Atul Kumar Verma is another user who used our product and had all good words for us.  He commented on Facebook saying that it is a ‘pretty nice initiative’ and that it worked great for him. He also made a great point by saying that the success of the initiative depends completely on the users. The users should make the best of the services we provide and handle the bikes responsibly.

To promote a society where every individual can have his own vehicle for commute without having to wait or depend on anyone else is one of our motives and such a pleasure to be of help to you. We are here to make this world a better place to live in and provide our service in the transport sector. When travelling is getting difficult day by day, we are here to make short distance travelling easy and more fun. While we have brought to your doorstep our services, it is you have to engage with our initiative to make this country green and pollution free and more importantly free the roads of the heavy congestion on roads. All you need to do is just scan and rent a bicycle using the Yulu app.  While you take up cycling, share your awesome experiences with us and Pedal the Change.

Cycling regularly- It’s not as difficult as you think!

Cycling, as one may have noticed, is the new trend that has dawned upon this entire nation. The whole world is witnessing the rapid changes in weather conditions and these changes are definitely not good news. The advent of technology and new innovations in science has also resulted in the damage of environment and harming the nature. To solve all these issues, various countries have now been trying to adopt methods that could benefit the planet and in various fields.

One sector which needs special attention is the transportation sector. Fifty years back there were not as many cars and motor vehicles today. Now, there are more vehicles on road than the roads can accommodate and this has resulted in heavy congestion, long traffic queues and high pollution rates in the country. New Delhi and Mumbai were victims to high pollution rates and we have to act immediately if we have to stop other places also to falling prey to the pollution. One change that is put into practice recently is the mode of transportation being shifted from motor vehicles to cycles in big cities. The big cities are the hub of pollution and other environmental problems and the reforms are needed first in these cities. Cycling, if adopted by many, can solve this huge environmental crisis. The cycles neither run on fuels like petrol or diesel, nor do they emit any kind of harmful gases, hence it is very much eco-friendly and also at the same time eases the pressure on the depleting resources or the fuels. Cycling is the perfect solution as it helps you dodge the heavy traffic on your way as it does not take up a lot of space, and it is very easy to ride, all you need to learn is to balance between the wheels. With all these benefits, one may certainly ask the question that strikes in every other mind that, ‘Is cycling regularly easy?’

Initially, cycling might consume your energy a little more than what you would expect, but if you make it a habit to cycle regularly, it will be a piece of cake for you. It will then not feel very tiring, on the contrary makes you more energetic. You might have noticed that people who cycle regularly remain fitter. You can see the change for yourself if you take it up as a habit and make sure to cycle regularly for at least 30 minutes. Don’t start by cycling long distances or cycling for hours. Start riding short distances and eventually try expanding your radius and increase your time cycling. Cycling regularly also comes with a ton of health benefits like improving your daily blood circulation and also is one of the best exercises for your body. Cycling is best when it comes to micro mobility or travelling shorter distances; it saves you a ton of expenses which you might incur if you travel daily using the motor vehicles. Cycling is the most cost effective mode of commute in today’s date in the big cities.

You may think that these all just sound good in theory but in practice it is very difficult or as some might put it next to impossible. Well, as a matter of fact you would be amazed to know that in a few European cities like London, Copenhagen, Berlin, and many more, cycling is the set trend where people cycle to work regularly and prefer travelling across the cities in their cycles rather than mother vehicles. This has aided in keeping the pollution level in check and also at the same time taken care of the heavy congestion on roads. Yulu was amazed by this innovation and has decided to bring this technology to our country which is utter need of this measure. To attend the need of the hour, Yulu rents cycles at very cheap rates in Bengaluru and Pune. All one has to do is download the Yulu app, Scan and Rent a bicycle and get going towards their destination and Pedal the Change.

Cycling: An exercise for the mind & body

Cycling brings nostalgia. We all have childhood memories with cycling, when we went riding for the first time with our parents. The first fall, the first scratch while cycling, we remember it all. Over the years of growing up, we have lost touch with our best friend ‘cycle’ and we have also forgot the joy it brings to us. Not to forget the various health advantages it provides. So here we are reminding you of all the reasons why you should have a reunion with your long-lost friend once again and this time not to leave it.

  1. Cycling helps burn calories

Losing weight is as simple as just cycling to your work every day, without having to fix extra time for cycling alone. The equation remains the same, the number of calories taken in should be less than the calories out. And cycling burns calories; between 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on the intensity and the rider’s weight. Cycling is not a hefty task, one can enjoy cycling, the morning and the evening walks can be replaced with cycling apart from the small and long distances that can be covered by cycling. Eat well and cycle more, that’s the new mantra for losing weight.

  1. Cycling gets you a flamboyant body

We all are aware of the fact that cycling builds muscle and it builds good muscles. The fact that everyone misses out is the resistance element, which means it just doesn’t burn fat, it also builds muscle, particularly helps build up around the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves. With proper investment of time in cycling, you can build your muscles and get a nice toned body.

  1. Cycling improves lung health

People who ride bicycle are exposed to less dangerous fumes than those who travel by car. Surprising and contradictory to common sense, isn’t it? But a recent study proves it all. Kings College London and Camdel Council, collaborated for a study where air pollution detector was fitted to users of all types of vehicle and transportation. The study found that the cyclist won the whole game. So long story short, just not for exercising purposes, cycling actually helps you to keep your lung away from pollution related health issues.

  1. Cycling promotes greener environment

With the number of environmental issues, the whole world is facing, a small step can also prove to be very beneficial. That is exactly why we all should switch to cycling, for the sake of our environment, for the sake of our own health and for the future generations to come. Cycling will not only bring the present pollution percentage in the air down but will also help in controlling the production of dangerous fumes from the vehicles. It is like hitting two birds with a stone. Let us contribute our bit to the betterment of our environment.

  1. Cycling reduces the risk of heart diseases and cancer

Cycling increases you heart rate and in turn increases the blood circulation in the body, just like what cardio does to you but cycling also keeps a check on your weight, it helps you cut down on your weight as well, as mentioned above.  Researchers studied over 260,000 individuals over the course of five years – and found that cycling to work can cut a rider’s risk of developing heart disease or cancer in half. We do not need any more proof, do we?

All said and done, the one go-to solution for all is cycling. So, we bring you, cycles to ride to work, to enjoy your weekends, to revive your memories. YULU is committed to its service, find a bicycle near you with the YULU app and cycle towards a better health and avail all the added advantages of cycling because perks are always good!

Think Smart. Act Smart. Live Smart.

In days when urban commute is majorly dependent on bikes, cars, and buses, we bring to you a revolution in transportation of which you can be a part of. The constant hassle, be it from work to home or anywhere is nothing new and we need a solution to such problems. India is becoming Smart and when your phones also have turned to being Smart, why not take the same initiative in transportation! Cycling to your destination is the new trend and it will benefit you in each and every way, and more importantly the environment on which we are so heavily dependent.

It is no news that the environment is in serious risk. In our country, already some of the major cities, like Delhi and Mumbai are suffering from high pollution rates and the situation does not seem to be getting any better for the rest of the major cities as well. At times like these, we need to take matters in our hands as individuals of the society and put forward an alternative lifestyle we could adapt to and save the environment. Going eco friendly in every sense is what is needed today and it is high time that we act upon it immediately especially in the transportation sector. The transportation in this country is majorly composed of vehicles that emit harmful gases like carbon dioxide into the environment and that makes the environment an unhealthy place to live. People, often these days tend to use bikes or cars for even short distance travel, contributing to pollution. As individuals we have to promote sustainable mobility and we have to capitalize on each and every opportunity available. In cases like micro mobility, the best method to commute is to cycle to your destination. It helps dodge the heavy traffic and congestion on roads and also saves a lot of time. Adding to that, it also saves a lot of expenses and most importantly benefits the environment. This is a solution that can ease the pressure on the fuels and if the method is implemented, it can result in the reduction of the prices of petrol and diesel in the long run. The appeal is to the individuals and the masses to give a thought and only then will be able to bring the change we need in the society. As far as mobility is concerned, travelling in cities like Bengaluru is no less than a horror show, taking into considering the haunting traffic and heavy congestion on roads, to which even the Google Maps tend to show that you can reach your destination faster by walking than driving. The traffic is caused majorly because of the huge spaces that the cars and buses cover up, whereas the cycles take up much less space and can smoothly travel between the gaps and dodge the congestion on roads.

Sustainable mobility is the idea that we have to bring into practice to make travelling smooth today. Considering the population hike, we can no longer stick just to cars and buses and expect that the price of fuels also remain the same or go down for a matter of fact, nor can we expect that the roads will be congestion free on its own. Yulu has been introduced in the market to battle these issues and serve as a solution to those travelling woes haunting the country. Yulu rents cycles at very cheap prices for daily commute and it is equipped with latest technology and it also makes sure that there is no harm caused to the environment, nor does it draw heavily from the remaining resources on the planet. Yulu promotes the idea of sustainable mobility within the city and have taken the initiative and all it requires is our support. Currently, Yulu serves Bangalore and Pune in India, and soon expects to spread its wings across the entire country. To avail our services, all you need to do is scan and rent a cycle using Yulu app and pedal the change for yourself and the society.

Transforming the Cities We Have into the Cities We Need

Today’s India needs a transformation from what it is to what we want it to be. From Abdul Kalam’s vision 2020 to Modi’s urban digital India, each one of us imagine and desire our country to be digitised, urbanised, safe, pollution free and many more. Like Gandhi said, “Real India resides in its villages” and today we are going back to the lifestyle that rural India has been living on all this while. Be it going back to organic and home-grown food, or daily practices, we are going back to our granny’s kitchen for a healthier diet, for skin care, etc. It is high time we start thinking about the pollution levels too. We are on our way of involving ourselves to the Rural, let’s go in all the way. In India, people ride around in motorbikes and cars all the time. Grab a cycle and make way through the rustic and royal plains of the cities of India. From the high-tech IT hubs of India to the historic cities, it is time to spread the wave of change all over the country. Not just that, you can even go cycling to places around just like you’ve been going on treks.

With Amit Gupta’s Yulu bringing the wave of change in the entire country, it is time we take this change forward to different cities and let people know how Yulu has changed their lifestyle and living. A pollution free city is not the only benefit, but cycling helps you maintain the balance of your body, refreshes your mind, burns fat and calories, keeps you fit. Cycling also helps to cure and prevent a lot of diseases. With cycling you can revive your childhood memories, spend a lot more time with your loved ones, enjoy weekends with your friends, stroll around and enjoy the scenic beauty of the city you are in.

It is quite remarkable that we Indians have let our cities deteriorate the way they have. Policymakers and administration have to shoulder most of the blame, as also social norms, mindless modernisation, which swallows up heritage and shrinks public spaces, law and order, lack of facilities. There are few things that we need to pay attention to, to achieve what we are aspiring for.

  • India needs to co-opt and consult: Indian cities, have multiple stakeholders, ranging from officialdom, big business, institutions, general public, students, all shades of political opinion and religious leaders. Recognising that each group has a responsibility in improving conditions, creating platforms that bring people together and holding regular consultations, is necessary. This will reframe the civic environment. The re-settlement of street vendors in Solo is a case in point, where consulting the main stakeholders involved and arriving at solutions, defused a tense standoff into a major achievement. This will give space to everyone in the country and will lead to people broadening their vision.
  • India needs to restore the public spaces: Public spaces are shrinking across India, through a combination of neglect, encroachment and outright demolition to make way for commercial uses. Making these spaces spectacular, whether parks or monuments, through Public-Private partnerships, or through adoption programs using schools-businesses as axes, represent quick wins. With the increasing number of people opting for cycling, restoring public spaces will help the cyclists to enjoy the roads in a bit free manner.
  • Let’s celebrate our wins: We are slowly winning over pollution by opting for cycles over motorbikes and cars. We need to be very vocal about these changes and let people know how we are trying to find a long-term solution. We need to celebrate these small steps that we are taking towards a better tomorrow.
  • Galvanising the grassroots: Social media and youth offer a strong combination to catalyse change. The youth has whole heartedly switched to cycling and understood the need of the. Youth is the future of this country and they are taking the responsibility on themselves to make this country a better place to live, not just for its citizens but also for the people who visit the country.

Amit Gupta, with his young and energetic team, has taken the initiative to bring about the much-needed change in the country. Looking at today’s scenario where everyone is taking about digitisation and urbanisation, people have also understood the need to hold on to their roots and hence looking for opportunities to re-build the space. Yulu has brought a new way in which we can look at the infrastructure in a manner that was never been explored as an option before. After the remarkable success of cycling in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, India has taken the idea forward and applied the same techniques. Yulu has painted the roads of Bangalore and Pune in blue and now it is time to take it to other cities. With Yulu, cycle towards a better tomorrow, and be a part of the Yulu family. Cycling is the vehicle of tomorrow and Yulu is making it all the easier for people to switch to cycles with its exciting rates. We are bringing more and more Yulu bikes on roads to increase the availability for people.

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