Why Cycle Cities are the Future

‘Cycle cities’ as the name suggests promotes cycling. Cycle cities basically mean a city life where people regard cycling as more beneficial and a better mode of commutation compared to cars, a city that shows a picture of the upcoming future world. Cycle cities may not be all dreamy, but there remains a high probability, we are moving towards the same future together considering the pollution rates, and also taking the consideration the changing trends in the West, where cycles have steadily become the preferred medium of transportation. To speak of Indian affairs, we are not far behind in turning to the same mode to commute. Let’s provide you with reasons on why Cycle cities are the future.

The Cycling Cities initiative was launched in India in the year 2015 with the vision of motivating at least one-third of the cities’ population to use cycles as the main mode of transportation by 2030. In desperate need to improve life and environment, cycling cities show us the very path we need to move forward.

Cycle cities are often associated with smart cities, which basically follows the motto of the betterment of both the people and the environment. Amsterdam, Groningen, Copenhagen are few of the top cycle cities in the world. For the past few years, India has also taken steps in trying to create cycle cities too.

In Indian cities, the average trip length tends to be within an approximation of 5 km, which shows cycles are best suited for such travels.

The benefit of riding a bicycle in today’s world is that it is pollution-free, which is one of the ultimate global concern. Burning on the depleting resources is not a wise choice, and the best solution would be to take up cycling.

Cycling has always been a health beneficiary activity, given that we do it with some precision. In today’s world, people are racing through time to keep a steady pace and in the process tend to neglect their health. Cycling to work or any nearby destination is a countermeasure to both the problem of time management and health care. The cycle cities ensure not only do we have a healthy environment, but also the citizens stay healthy too.

India with its rural areas and narrow lanes throughout the urban areas provide the advantage to bikers more than the car drivers. Also being a cheap and easy means of transportation, it can be available to most people. India has one of the most extensive networks of roads, and much of the roads throughout the network are not suitable for cars to drive on, and this brings it down to the need for cycles.

We are concerned about your health and our environment. With proper knowledge on the benefits of cycle cities, steps that need to be taken and desperate need of it, we might be able to secure a happy future, with the help of bicycles for a change. A city full of greenery, clean air, people with healthy mind and body, no congested traffic, and an eco-friendly society, sounds good to imagine right. With a little effort, this is how an ideal cycle city life would look. We urge you to make space for the changes required to have a sustainable future and Yulu is always there to support the cause and pedal the change. Head towards the bright days that awaits you with Yulu, all you’ve to do is scan and rent a cycle using our app and promote a healthy environment for everyone.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Cycling

“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise”.

The saying goes well and works for every individual. Maintaining your own health is a duty you owe to yourself and as a matter of fact, it turns out to be the most neglected duty of all! Well, we understand your difficulty in waking up early and then turning to exercise. We would not suggest you drop the idea of exercising, but rather we are here to make exercise fun with cycling and not just in early mornings, any time of the day you are comfortable with. You must be wondering, why cycling in particular. The answer is very simple. It isn’t a very difficult exercise and it has great health benefits. Continue reading to find out the top ten health benefits of cycling.

  1. Fight your obesity with ease: The major demand of the youth is for a ‘perfect body’ and to be in shape, but for that you need not head straight to the gym. If you think, only hard work can give you the body shape you desire, well, cycling helps you burn your fat and carbs and get rid of your obesity with much more ease.
  2. Helps deal with mental illness: Research has shown that majority of the population suffers from stress, be it work or studies or any other matter, which if increased may have severe impacts on your health and cause high blood pressure and at times, may even result in depression. Cycling is one of the ideal tasks, which helps in relaxing your mind and have fun at the same time. Sports, as a matter of fact helps fight stress, but not everyone is capable of engaging in sports, thus making cycling a suitable choice.
  3. Prevents Cancer: Cancer treatment is something not everyone can afford, but we have a solution that may help you prevent cancer in the first place! Yes, cycling regularly for thirty minutes or more can help in regeneration of new cells in a better pace and thus helps in preventing cancer. Research has shown that those who cycle regularly are less prone to cancer than people otherwise.
  4. Live Insulin free: Every other citizen in India suffers from Diabetes. Living life with such restrictions and on support of Insulin is definitely not fun. Diabetes increases the risk of various other diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease and so on. Cycling is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes as it depletes the glucose in the cells from the physical exercise, thus enabling the cells to draw glucose from blood and thus reducing the sugar level.
  5. Arthritis treatment: Cycling regularly has many benefits on the body and it definitely helps in preventing arthritis and in its treatment. Cycling works up your thighs and lower muscles. It is a low impact exercise that will benefit the joints.
  6. Preclude cardiovascular diseases: Cardiovascular diseases include heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Cycling regularly keeps your blood pressure in control and provides you with a better functioning respiratory system. Cycling strengthens your heart muscles and reduces your blood fat level.
  7. Strengthen your immunity: Immunity power is what keeps you going when you are in sick or in pain putting up a fight within. Cycling results in production of essential proteins within your body which activates your lazy white blood cells that are responsible for the immunity of an individual.
  8. Increased energy levels: Get to work with an active mind filled with enthusiasm. Cycling helps in increasing the body’s stamina and boosts the endurance capacity of an individual. The energy levels reaches its peak by cycling on a daily basis for an hour or more.
  9. Gives a boost to brain power: Cycling helps in improved reflex and brain-muscle co-ordination. Pedaling increases the functioning of your grey matter and blood vessels in the brain which means more oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
  10. Helpful for pregnant women: Pregnant women require constant care and have to be responsible enough in maintaining their own health and their baby’s. Cycling helps the moms-to-be by lightening their mood and also helps in labour and faster recovery.

We care for your health and hence we bring forward our mobility solution, Yulu that lets you choose cycle over your regular vehicles and helps you take care of your health.

Cycling to Work – Tips for Your First Commute

Cycling to work is not a trend that has grown to its full potential in our country, but we hope to set it as a new trend and make it the ‘regular’. Yeah sure, you may say that cars are more relaxing compared to cycle, but as responsible citizens of the country, you have got to think about the depleting resources on which the cars are feeding heavily. The future may not provide you with cycling as an alternative to travel, rather be the only solution. Take the necessary step before it is too late. We are here to help you with some tips that will help you in choosing cycling to work.

Begin with shorter distances: Start cycling to work, but do not travel for long miles at the beginning itself. Use cycling as a first commute or to go to your workplace only if it’s within an achievable distance from your place. Traveling for longer distances in the initial days may drain a lot of energy and affect your willingness to cycle to work. Keep a track of the time that cycling is taking you to reach your destination; compare it to the time it would take otherwise. You will be amazed to see how great a difference cycling makes in saving your time and the hassle, needless to talk about saving your pocket.

Keep a check on the frequency: As a beginner, do not regularly commute to work using your cycle. That will have effects on your health and may kill your motivation to cycle to work or anywhere as a matter of fact. Give some time to get used to cycling on a semi-weekly basis and following that increase your frequency of hiking to work. Start with cycling three days to work and with time as you get used to it raise the number of days or start with using your cycle for either the morning commute or the evening commute. In this way, you can slowly get used to cycling your way to the office.

Always wear a helmet: ‘Safety First’. Nothing is nor will be more important to your safety. So, we suggest you to ALWAYS carry a helmet when you ride your cycles. When traveling to work, we are well aware of the severe traffic jam and everyone is in a hurry to arrive at their destination, so there are chances of some mishaps. To keep yourself safe from such accidents, carry your safety guard and put it on always while you ride.

Perform a dry run: We guess you are used to traveling to work using cars. The expected time to reach your destination in cycles would be different from your regular vehicles. You can take a dry run on a weekend before you start commuting to work using cycles to check on the ETA at your destination and that will help you plan your journey timing from your place to work. Do not forget to take into consideration the extra traffic you may have to encounter on the weekdays, so it is always a good thing to leave a bit early.

Be a GPS: Do not feel scared to explore various routes to your office/ workplace when you have time off your work. Familiarize yourself with roads leading to your work that does not make you wait for the cars ahead of you to move to go forward on your journey. Choose the routes with minimal traffic and reach your workplace in time all refreshed and energetic skipping the heavy traffic.

Be a know-it-all: Try learning all the basics of repairing punctures or flat tyres, and see that you know how to fix your cycle in case of breakdown mid-journey. The last thing you want to do is drag your cycle to a repair shop and wait in queue for the repair to be done and pay for petty issues which you could have handled yourself.

Carry a backpack: While traveling you may come in need of various accessories such as water bottle or be it anything, carry a backpack to store all those amenities and have them at your service whenever you require. You may even carry your clothes for work in your backpack. After all the sweating due to cycling, we are guessing you won’t want to be in the same attire the same day. So always keep a spare set of clothes in your backpack.

You can always make cycling more fun by riding to your workplace with other employees on cycles in the less than perfect weather conditions. Take a selfie with your bike, share it with your friends, family, and co-workers and encourage them to start using bicycles more frequently. Be a person who works towards bringing about the change. A safety tip for you which will come in handy on the roads is to look out for parked cars. They might swing open the car doors without paying attention to the vehicle coming from behind, and this may be fatal for riders. So always keep an eye on the road and your surroundings. So what are you waiting for! Set into the trend, hit the roads and pedal the change with Yulu.


10 Great Reasons To Cycle

In an age where Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, BMW bring forward a new model for their cars every other day, we suggest you consider our perfect mode of transportation – CYCLING! You must be wondering what would be a good enough reason to choose cycling over such comfortable cars. Well, we’ll give you those reasons. Not one or two but ten great reasons to cycle your way.

  1. Traffic is never fun: You’re late for work or in an emergency and you get going on your way and then you encounter the endless traffic en route to your destination. That is something you won’t consider fun and we can imagine what you’ve to go through when you face this similar traffic regularly. Cycling here, helps you dodge all your obstacles very easily and get going without frustrating you by keeping you stuck in traffic. There’s also a bonus for cyclists. Government is holding a talk on making separate lanes for cycles alone. Well, there again you have yourself from the captivity of the horrendous traffic.
  2. Fitness on your mind: Cycling has always been proven as one of the best exercises to maintain your fitness, it’s another great reason you should opt for cycling over anything else. Just cycle for a period of thirty minutes every day and voila! You’re fit! It helps in getting rid of your fat and also burns your carbs and gets you on your way towards having the perfect body you always wished for.
  3. Sleep is the ultimate peace: We understand that you desire a sleep free of all your worries, tensions and we are here to suggest you with the ultimate solution to your problem. Cycling helps you release all your tension and gets you relaxing. The exercise also helps you get to sleep quicker than your usual time and enjoy your blissful sleep.
  4. The dream of looking young comes true: A major concern of today’s population is their looks and aging. Cycling helps you complete your wish of looking like your younger self. Pedal daily for an hour and see the effects on yourself. It frees you from the added expense on cosmetics and gives you a skin which would glow.
  5. Save the planet: The rising number of motor vehicles on the street is not something new, and with the rising population, the sales graph seems to go only upscale. The resulting pollution from the emission of gases from these vehicles cause tremendous harm to the environment and makes it unhealthy and unsuitable for living. Not just that, the resources and fuels consumed by the motor vehicles have resulted in the depletion of the resources and the planet is on the verge of facing a scarcity. Cycling, here becomes the ideal mode of commutation, making the planet a better place to live
  6. Pedal for fun: Early morning cycle rides in a lush green park with your mates is something you should definitely look forward to. Experience the beauty of nature with your friend, family and loved ones by taking a cycle ride in early mornings along the parks and grounds.
  7. Park, where you stop: The cities turning into concrete jungles, have resulted in reduced parking space for your vehicles, as a result, you have to park your vehicle far away from your destination. Cycling relieves you of your parking worries. Cycle does not occupy a lot of space nor do you have to park your cycle far away from your destination. You may as well park at your destination.
  8. Make your pocket heavy: Car rides are definitely not expensive. The expense of taking cars for travel regularly definitely makes a hole in your pocket. Try cycling to work or colleges. It is inexpensive and frees you of the expenditure on petrol or diesel. Reduce your expenses and save more.
  9. Your own public-private transport: Cycling is for your own but for everyone. Cycles too are available for rent. You own till you rent it. Leave it and it’s for others.
  10. A bonus for mums to be: Research has shown that cycling helps in easier labor, faster recovery and a better mood for nine months of pregnancy.

So, what are you waiting for! Pick your reason and get pedaling. Yulu is here to give you an easy and efficient way to use bicycles. #StartTheChange


The Role of Cycling in Reducing Traffic and Congestion

In an era where cycling is becoming more popular as a comfortable form of exercise, transport and leisure activity, we see it as an origination of a path leading to a congestion-free system in the country. We are aware of the current traffic scenario of the country. The nation which is set to take on the world is stuck on roads. Traffic congestion affects each and every individual’s daily routine. Be it your personal life or your professional life, traffic leaves none untouched. Not just that, the country in totality faces a huge amount of loss due to the lack and extra fuel consumption due to the same.

When the traffic demand reaches its heights, the vehicle interaction reduces the speed of the traffic stream which gives rise to heavy congestion on roads. As the demand reaches the maximum capacity of the roads, high traffic congestion occurs. Due to which vehicles are required to halt for quite a span of time leading to many drivers and also travelers becoming furious and getting caught in road rages. Not only is the country facing the loss of the resources but also a huge economic loss as well. India incurs heavy losses resulting from the delays and a humungous amount of additional fuel consumption due to poor road conditions and frequent stops which approximately amounts to $21.3 billion annually says a statistical report. “According to the estimates, the cost of delay was $6.6 billion per year and the cost of additional fuel consumption due to delay was $14.7 billion per year,” the study conducted jointly by logistics firm Transport Corporation of India (TCI) and IIM Kolkata back in 2016. “In India, the scope of multi-modal transportation remains limited, given that most of the freight is carried by roads and the rest by the railways,” the study inferred. This was when we are talking about the statistics of 2016; the present situation is capable of increasing the terror even more. To face it, let us see what causes such heavy traffic snarls.

Here are few reasons for traffic congestions in urban areas:

  • Less number of lanes causes the high density of vehicles exploiting the capacity of the roads.
  • Lack of regular, wide-ranging, affordable and reliable public transportation.
  • Faulty traffic signaling systems, inadequate manpower, narrow road spaces and overtaking tendency of drivers create pro-longed traffic congestions.
  • Lack of ‘no parking’ and ‘one-way’ signals give rise to confusion among drivers which also leads to sometimes minor but at times heavy traffic jams.
  • Potholes are amongst the major concerns owing it to the bad road conditions which bring us back to the most important reason; the overload on roads.

The conditions of the roads are highly affected by the overburden of the vehicles running. Everyone is in a hurry to reach their destination and in that trace of reaching faster and quicker, we forget that our roads are not planned well to give everyone his or her space on the way which causes in a high amount of honking. Due to traffic jam, a substantial portion of working hours has to be left on streets which indirectly put adverse impact on the economy.

The most sensible way out of this congestion is to use a bicycle as a mode of transportation to cover shorter distances. Bicycles can be your own private-public mode of transport. Bicycles are very light on the roads which will cause less damage and the roads will be fit for a longer span of time. Cycles can easily reduce the number of cars on roads which will not only reduce the traffic jams but will also play a pivotal role in lowering the air and noise pollution levels. Using bicycles will eventually lead to less number of road accidents as the dangers of over-speeding and rash driving can be eradicated to a great extent. Cycling lanes won’t cause traffic jams rather they are a major part of the solutions. As the citizens take to cycling, the number of vehicles on road will increase and the remaining number will be spread among the vehicle lane and the bicycle lane. Bicycles are compact, they don’t occupy much space on the roads, they don’t cause any traffic while reversing so most of the problems are taken care of by only one solution — bicycle.

YULU brings to you its service by providing you with bicycles for your daily commutation. With its best prices, it promises you less troublesome road experiences. YULU is more than committed to solving the traffic congestion issues and helps you become a very responsible citizen. Not only will YULU help solve the traffic issues but will also contribute to maintaining the roads by bringing more and more number of bicycles on road with its increase in the number of users. YULU is our two-way solution.

Preparing For the Future of Urban Mobility in India

Let’s take a step back to move forward, turn around the clock and go back in time to run towards the future. Let’s stop to start. Confused? Don’t be. We are showing you the glimpse of a new India where this country is running and running towards great heights but wait – we are stuck in traffic!

To avoid this scenario, we are here to prepare you for the future of urban mobility in India and our solution is cycle. Urban mobility in present scenario is highly relied upon buses and cars which are responsible for pollution and heavy road congestion. The immediate need of the hour is to find an alternative which hits both the birds with one stone. The most feasible and cost effective way to bring this to action is by taking your bicycles out. Bicycle is a solution to a lot of problems; it takes care of the traffic issue as well as keeps you fit. We need to get out of our comfort zones and become responsible for our country. The future of urban mobility is using Public transportation like metro railways, buses, car shuttles along with walking and non-motorized vehicles like bicycles.

But with bicycles the current roads will become a problem as bicycles would definitely need a separate lane. In India usage comes and infrastructure follows. As soon as we are out on the roads with our bicycles, our government will be more than ready to restructure the roads accordingly because today everyone is looking for sustainable developments; developments that won’t hurt our nature any further as the damage that is done is irreversible and we are the ones who has to pay for that or we’re already paying the heavy price. A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan is a strategic plan designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses in cities and their surroundings for a better quality of life. It will build on existing planning practices and will take due consideration of integration, participation, and evaluation principles.

A bicycle can be accessed by anyone and everyone. It is easy and environment friendly. Today when we all are talking about being advanced and modern then why not become sensible and responsible citizens first. The quality of atmosphere we live in is very low. We are actually inhaling un-inhalable air which has toxic elements. Traffic is not the only problem that cycling will resolve it will also give us a better life. We need to be very open minded to this change because in India cars are a highly acknowledged status symbol. The higher a person stands on the social strata the bigger his or her car is. Bicycles are widely used in many developed countries like China, UK, Netherlands, Japan, etc by all age groups and social standings.

With the advent of bicycle, we will be able to reduce accidents, underage driving can be restricted too. The solutions we were looking for everywhere was right in front of us but sadly we never really thought about it.

Introducing YULU, a unique mobile solution which lets you commute using bicycle at very affordable rates. YULU runs in big cities with its service covering the major part of the city. One can locate a bicycle, pick it up and after finishing the ride drop it at any safe public area. The payment is done using Paytm, debit and credit cards in a secure and hassle free manner. Yulu is aligned with India’s top priorities namely “Make in India”, “Clean India”, “Green India”, “Digital India”, and “Cashless India”, which will lead to strong support from the government at state and national level.

YULU is committed to solve the traffic congestion and related problems, which is becoming a big social problem in the country. It aims to make an impact using technology. Let us all join hands to bring the old back to be able to walk towards the new and the better. Let us all #PedalTheChange