EVs vs Motor Vehicles

Heavy traffic and congested roads are not a surprise anymore in metropolitans, and when it comes to Indian cities like Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, it is a huge issue for the people and vehicles. A ten or twenty minute journey often turns out to be an hour long when faced with the traffic. It ends up draining your energy and putting you in a very bad mood. The pollution rate severely harms the society and the environment. The weather today is changing drastically and it is high time that we start taking measures to counter it. One of the most efficient ways to counter the problem would be to take measures in the mode of transportation. Transportation today consists of motor vehicles, i.e cars, buses or bikes. These motor vehicles cover the majority of the traffic and it is not surprising that from these vehicles, the emission of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases is immense. The effect is very evidently seen in the frequent change of weather. The rising temperature is a proof of the fact that the living conditions on this planet are altering. Furthermore, motor vehicles incur a lot of expenditure. The petrol and diesel prices are steadily increasing and there hardly seems any scope for a drop any time soon. The same complaint exists in bus fares, prices of fuel and prices of vehicles. With prices going up the ladder, it becomes a headache for the citizens when it comes to commuting. Adding to all these, the traffic every day is a huge issue when it comes to the people going to office and students going to colleges and universities. You get up in the morning all energetic and then imagine being stuck on the roads for hours before you reach your destination!

There is one solution to all these problems – Electric Vehicles. Today in various parts of the world, electric vehicles are opted for transportation. But how would electric vehicles help? The answer is pretty simple. The electronic vehicles, as the name suggests, runs on charge and electricity. So you need not worry anymore about prices of or refilling  the tank with diesel or petrol. When it comes to traffic, the electronic vehicles are light and do not take up much space and they run smoothly. Hence, the answer to avoiding the traffic congestion on roads and helping you reach your destination on time. To top all that, it is free of gas emissions. It majorly requires electricity, and at times, manual power to run the vehicles. This comes as a huge boost when the conditions of the planet are considered.

The electric cycles and cars today are growing in numbers on the streets abroad to tackle the various transportation issues. It is high time that our country also takes up this mode of commute to help smoothen the way we travel. Yulu has taken the initiative in India to protect the country and make commute easier and fun rather than frustrating. It rents cycles at reduced rates to the public and hence promoting a greener and better environment. To support the cause, all you need to do is scan and rent a cycle using the Yulu app and pedal the change for a better and greener tomorrow.

Pedal the change.

Time spent commuting in metro cities

Time is undoubtedly the most precious thing in a human being’s life. There is a saying; “Time is Money”. So, it is clear that there is hardly anyone in the world who would want to willingly waste their time. In the fast paced world of today,  people find it difficult to find time for themselves. In a situation like this, imagine how frustrating it would be for people to waste it stuck in traffic. Working 8+ hours a day is not an easy task, and all you can think of by the end of it is going back to your place and relaxing- and being stuck in traffic for an hour or two does not help with that for sure. In metro cities, cars and buses are the major modes of daily commute to offices, schools and colleges. When there are hundreds of cars and buses on roads which can accommodate less than half the traffic that is on them, it is evident that they would be heavily congested. And to get to the destination in such heavily congested roads would definitely be a harrowing and time consuming task. One might be surprised to know the amount of time consumed in traffic in metro cities like Bengaluru or Pune. The daily average commute time increased by six percent this year owing to traffic and heavy congestion on roads. This means an approximate of two and half hours are wasted every month in traffic. That not only is frustrating but also affects work and productivity.

This also causes heavy pollution on roads and increases the daily cost incurred by commuters. Taking this problem up as a challenge, Yulu is here to provide you with an alternate solution that could help you and the society overall. The roads are filled with motor vehicles which move slowly and take up a lot of space. Taking up cycling or using any other eco vehicles to travel daily would save travelers a lot of time and that would definitely have a positive impact in their daily life and productivity at work. Saving money and time is equally important and we are always in search for an opportunity to commit to savings. But, as you might be aware, it is not that easy. The metro cities are where the most work happens and output is received, and if the metro cities are always congested and it takes up working hours from the employees, it would reduce the profit of the country. To make daily commute much smoother, we must take baby steps. To begin with, we must leave our home on time in order to avoid rush hour traffic. Secondly, instead of always opting for motor vehicles from home, try taking up the habit of cycling. It will not only get you through the traffic, but will also benefit your health and the environment, which is degrading rapidly. If the distance between your place of residence to your workplace is not much, cycling is a great option. Just pedal your way dodging all the barriers on your route. If the distance between your place and your work place is a lot, and if the ways are usually congested nearby, you can always opt to cycle a few kilometers and get a bus later, where the congestion on roads is not much.

Travelling to work should be something you look forward to, rather than something that frustrates and irritates you. To ensure that, Yulu has come up with cycles for your daily commute such that you travel on roads smoothly instead of being stagnant. Yulu provides cycles on rent for commuting from one place to another at very cheap and affordable rates compared to the expenditure on buses and cars. So all that is left is to scan and rent a cycle using the Yulu app and skip the traffic on roads. Pedal the change!

MOVE :: Global Mobility Summit – Bringing Ideas and Energy to Sustainable Mobility Models

The global auto and mobility industry gathered at the MOVE :: Global Mobility Summit at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 7th and 8th September. Hosted by NITI Aayog after extensive consultations with state committees and task forces from all parts of India. Chairmen/CEOs of Toyota, Suzuki, Ford, Daimler-Benz, Bosch, Mahindra, Ford, Tata Motors, Spicejet and host of other companies spoke and discussed many ideas and the way forward.

NITI Aayog setup various tracks of discussions to drive Mobility in India towards being CONNECTED, EMISSION FREE, EFFICIENT, ACCESSIBLE, SHARED, AFFORDABLE and INCLUSIVE

Many ideas around maximizing asset utilization and services, electrification and alternative fuels, reinventing public transport, goods transport and logistics and using data and analytics for improving transportation were discussed.  

Inaugurated by Hon. Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi, who spoke about India being on the MOVE – its youth, its cities, its reforms and its economy, urged the gathering to further the “ease of living” through the mobility sector. He gave the gathering his mantra of 7 Cs for improving mobility –  Common, Connected, Convenient, Clean, Congestion-free, Charged and Cutting Edge.

The NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant assured the audience that all ideas will be followed up and converted to policies and implementation plans! He exhorted the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to create test beds in Nagpur and Pune and demonstrate showcases that can be replicated around the country.

Key takeaways from the Summit:

  • Personal transportation options – cars and two-wheelers with conventional fossil fuels are big polluters and are grossly under-utilized throughout the day – they are the major reason for pollution and congestion on the streets
  • Public Transport is key to improving Mobility – get cars off the road, can’t add roads infinitely!
  • All modes of clean transport should be provided – buses, three wheelers, two-wheelers, waterways-catamarans, metros, new solutions around electrified truck transport and hyperloops!
  • Solutions with all kinds of sustainable fuels should be supported – bio-ethanol, electric, hydrogen fuel, etc. Experiment and scale what succeeds
  • Create innovative models for electric charging stations and swappables – charging stations at 60,000+ petrol stations around the country
  • Smart Cities should support Non-Motorised Transport – walking, cycling
  • New business models for shared mobility, charging stations and PPP models for bus based transport should be devised to make them successful
  • EVs are not just about EV-Cars, but include eCycles, eScooters and eBuses!
  • Collect data from transport systems and use analytics to meet demand and improve services
  • Need for institutional models that manage multi-modal transport systems for a city/region and delivers comfortable connectivity that consumers need!
  • Create streetscapes in cities that support walking, cycling – mobility is key to ease of living

The event had participants gather in the evening at the surreal setting of the Humayun Tomb, world heritage site for a lovely musical evening and dinner. The evening event was world class – much better than many of the insipid dinners at various conferences in Las Vegas, Orlando, Cannes, Paris-Louvre, Singapore, etc.

Yulu is well on its way to implementing the vision and mission of the MOVE Summit – working on micro-mobility models, providing clean, charged (soon), convenient and connected solutions for the first and last mile to connect mass rapid transport systems with commuters. We are providing solutions in multiple cities to help people COMMUTE, run ERRANDS, Reduce EMISSIONS and stay FIT and HEALTHY!

Where in Bangalore can I find Yulu?

The benefits of cycling and its various uses are immense. The pleasure derived from cycling is something everyone should experience for themselves. Everyone is busy with their own lives such that it is too difficult to take time out for oneself. It does not end there. The regular congestion on roads, the traffic and the constant honking puts the entire day’s mood at stake. It is in times like these that we suggest taking up cycling- for it really is the solution to all these problems. Cycling serves as one of the best options for short distance commute and helps you tackle all the traffic on your way. Yulu has been introduced in the market for the people and it is made sure that all corners of Bangalore enjoy its services. Let us take a look at some of the places in Bangalore that are covered by Yulu.

 

  • Outer Ring Road: ORR or Outer Ring Road in Bangalore is one of the busiest parts of the city. The roads are always very congested in this area, especially during rush hour. It takes high levels of patience to be able to deal with it. Yulu helps people commute smoothly in this area and save time for themselves instead of being stuck in the traffic.
  • Whitefield: Whitefield is the abode for all the major multi- national IT companies in Bangalore. The majority of Whitefield is covered with tech parks and the rush for vehicles at the office hours is unimaginable. To help you skip the traffic and be on time for work, Yulu provides its services at Whitefield for the purpose of commutate.
  • Koramangala: Koramangala is the most happening place in Bangalore. It is always fun and well lit and people always like travelling to this part of the city to enjoy on the weekends. The roads are heavily congested in this area because of the density of population travelling to and fro from this place all day. Hence, Yulu provides you with the alternative and easier mode of commute for short distances. Rent a cycle with Yulu and travel easily to your destination.
  • Indira Nagar: Indira Nagar is the refreshment corner of Bangalore and the crowds in the restaurants and pub clearly point that out both in the weekdays and the weekends. After work, people often travel  to this corner of the city to get rid of the work stress and relax a bit to the music and drinks. Indiran Nagar is always packed, and to reach your destination, it often happens that you have to compromise with your relaxation time by spedning extra time stuck in traffic. Yulu helps by taking you to your destination quicker.
  • HSR Layout: HSR Layout is always crowded. It is one of the most congested parts of Bangalore when it comes to traffic. Traffic Management in this part of the Garden city requires a lot of attention, as traffic is mostly stagnant. Hence, to ease the problems and make travelling in HSR much less frightening, Yulu provides its cycles at very cheap rates that will help tackle traffic and ensure that you reach your destination smoothly.

 

Apart from all these prime locations, Yulu also is found in various tech parks across the city, like Adarsh Palm Retreat, Brigade Tech Park, Embassy Golf Links and many more. These are just to name a few of the many places where Yulu has extended its wings and delivered service by providing cycles on rent for commute. Yulu values the environment and thus tries to shift to a more eco-friendly way of travelling. While we have taken the initiative in providing cycles at locations where they are most needed, you have to subscribe to our ideas and try our services and see the change for yourself. Currently, we are located in Bangalore and Pune but soon plan on extending our services all over India. Scan and rent a bicycle with Yulu and Pedal the Change!

Will Bangalore become the next Amsterdam?

Traffic congestion is one the major concerns for every metro city. The population count in these cities has been escalating at a breakneck speed. With rising population, there has been a substantial increase in the number of jobs as well as the income of the middle-class population of the country. With this increased income, almost every household now possesses at least one four-wheeler, which invariably contributes to the ever-increasing count and congestion of the vehicles on the road. And hence, it becomes all the more important to think of ways to decongest, and in turn improve the commute time and commute speed. It is also imperative that we reduce the carbon emission which severely affect the environment.

Bangalore being one of the major cosmopolitans cities in the Indian subcontinent, this upsurge in emission of carbon which is severely affecting the flora and fauna must be checked. Yulu is one of the few initiatives, which attempting to reduce the congestion and help in improving the condition of the city’s environment.

In an attempt to do so, Bangalore may well become the next Amsterdam. If they think it might be good for them, the public readily accepts any idea that comes up in favour of them. And the idea, of bicycles as public transportation was bound to succeed. Moreover, unlike the hassles that are a part of a lot of other modes of public commute in the city, sharing a bicycle is one with little to no hassle at all. And the process that lets a commuter, find, use, park and pay for a shared bicycle, is a whole lot more convenient and smoother than doing the same for any other public transport.

The idea of finding a ride through a mobile application, book it for your commute, and also pay for the same via the app, makes everything seamless, which has a huge impact on the public interest. Yulu bikes are available throughout the city, and can be located as well as booked via the application instantly. The bicycle can be booked for as long and as far as the commuter desires to ride.

Apart from the smooth functioning of the whole procedure, right from locating and booking the bicycle to riding and reaching the destination, another important factor that plays a pivotal role in growing interest of the public in this concept of bicycle sharing, is the knowledge that cycling improves the overall metabolism of the body, thus, giving way to a much healthier lifestyle. This awareness of the masses implores them to adapt to such an idea quite quickly.

Another reason for the public to adapt to the idea of bicycle sharing with such eagerness is the ability to lend a hand in preserving the environment of the city, by limiting the carbon emission by opting for a petroleum free commute. The ability to easily manoeuvre the bicycle through the congested traffic jams makes it another hassle free mode of commute for the public.

It will not be a far-fetched statement to say that sharing the bicycle will soon be one of the major modes of commute for a majority of the public in Bangalore as more and more people are slowly becoming aware of the current situation of traffic congestion, carbon emissions and the deteriorating environment.. And then, it won’t be long before Bangalore becomes the next Amsterdam!

Where in Pune can I find a Yulu?

Pune is a vibrant city and also emerging as a tech hub. With quite a lot of universities, there is a big population of students and young adults in the city. The booming population is increasing the load on the roads with traffic jams and congestion. To avoid those this, we bring to you Yulu-  with the help of which you can book our bikes and dodge the traffic. This is especially helpful for students and young adults, who cannot afford to get late under any circumstances.

The areas that are covered by Yulu are major parts of Nanded, Pune Okayama Friendship Park, Hadapsar, Empress Botanical Garden, etc. These are the regions which are inhabited by a large chunk of the population, and where the traffic is bad. Yulu bikes will result in free flowing of the traffic, as the bicycles will reduce the number of heavy vehicles on road. Also it will help people to take other routes too, which could not have been navigated with heavy or bulky vehicles.

The Yulu family is growing in this city with the help of our beloved customers. Not only are we looking forward to expanding our map, we are also looking forward to increasing the number of bicycles available on roads. The more the number of bikes, the less will be the traffic. The regions that are currently not under our map will be soon covered. The regions under our map are developing at an evidently faster pace than many of the others, which is why we made sure to make our bicycles available for the betterment of the people in the neighbourhood. It is very beneficial for the students as they can commute with bicycles and the parents will also not have to worry about their safety. Yulu bikes can be tracked and parents can actually use the tracker to see if their children have reached their destination safely on not.

The city is big and so are our dreams of making commute easier for people. With the major parts of the city covered, people can find Yulu in just few minutes, it’s just a click away. We will soon paint the roads of the city blue with our bicycles when the bicycles will outnumber the heavy and bulky vehicles. We are working everyday with the very same vision and mission to give you a wider network coverage area and better service. We will very soon be widening our reach and the people from the other parts of the city will also be able to enjoy our services and save themselves the trouble of traffic congestion and a consequent unnecessary delay in their work. With Yulu, do your part in contributing to the change for the betterment of the environment.

3 Changes that can make Bangalore more bike friendly

The Garden city is one of the most beautiful in the country, with people from all over the country staying here and enjoying the pleasant climate throughout the year. It all seems good, until the point that we speak of the traffic- the horrendous traffic! There was a time when Garden city and IT firms were the synonyms to Bangalore, but for Bengaluru, it has become heavy traffic and road congestion. The city serves as a home to one of the most congested roadways in the country today. This degradation does not bring a good name to the city and as citizens. It is our duty to bring back the previous glory the city held. Well, to begin with we have to start by addressing the main issue that is behind the huge traffic congestion on roads and results in the city getting polluted regularly. One of the major issues is that the number of vehicles on road are much more than that can be accommodated, and the numbers do not seem to be reducing. One of the best alternatives to this problem is to bring in the habit of commute within the city by cycling. But while we promote cycling within the city, we should also prepare the city for the cause and develop the infrastructure that helps in cycling in the city. Let us take a look at how can we make the city more bike friendly.

 

  • Cycle lanes: Creation of cycle lanes within the city will definitely promote cycling on road. There are myths associated with cycling that it is not very safe for the cyclists to ride on roads and that stops many from taking up cycling. Well, the creation of cycle lanes would put that issue to rest. It will help in the smooth movement of the cyclists and provide them a feeling of safety at the same time. Cycle lanes have already been laid down in many countries in the west like Denmark, Germany, and England and so on. It is high time we bring that to India and promote the bike culture in the country.  
  • Incentives for Cycling: We, as citizens often do not do anything unless we see something good coming out of that deed. It is true that cycling takes a bit more effort from your side in travelling compared to motor vehicles, but on the positive note, think of the traffic in the city and how easily you could dodge the traffic by cycling. You could save a lot of time for yourself and invest in other priorities. On another note, the expenditure on motor vehicles is almost four times that of using a cycle for commute.
  • Vehicle free zones: In cities like Berlin, Germany, cycling is a very eminent in their culture and one of the reasons for it is that they care for nature and take steps for its preservation. They have created vehicle free zones and are also planning on expanding the policy in the coming years. The city of Bangalore is heavily congested and this calls for an urgent requirement of creating vehicle free zones and if required even vehicle free days in the city. This will definitely help in keeping a check on the pollution levels and congestion on roads and promote people to take up cycling and that indeed will do the society a greater good. While Bangalore takes baby steps to promote cycling on a large scale within the city, these measures can also be thought of for the sake of a better tomorrow.

 

Bangalore is called as the garden city, but as days pass by, we see more and more trees falling down and being replaced by the tall buildings for the sake of development. We have seen the changes in the climate of Delhi owing to the pollution and we are scared for this city and wish not to bring upon the same fate on this beautiful place. Yulu believes that cycling benefits everyone, be it in terms of health, economics or the nature. Yulu brings forward cycles in the markets where the congestion on roads are maximum and thus provide an alternative to the citizens for commute. While Yulu has taken the initiative to shield the city from pollution and congestion, it is the responsibility of the citizens of this city also to lend a hand and join the movement. All you have got to do is rent a cycle using the Yulu app and scan the code on the cycle and get going towards a better tomorrow by pedaling the change.