What the Eco Vehicle of the future will look like

With days passing by, there seems to be a steep rise in pollution causing severe harm to the environment. As a result of this, a shift in the way we look at transportation is imminent. The inclination today is towards eco friendly vehicles. As a result, progress calls for invention and innovation and the world of cycling has evolved a lot. Let us take a ride through the few best innovations that will compel you to take up cycling.

 

  • E-bikes: When you hear e-bikes, the first thing that strikes you might be that it is something related to motor bike or scooter, but actually they are pretty much same as the regular bicycles, with just a few additional electrical components. The electrical components are there, but the use is pretty much like that of a normal cycle, where the rider has to pedal and manage the handle of the cycle. The e-bikes come in handy when riding through hills or on inclined slopes.
  • Scoot Bikes: The hardest thing for a beginner is to learn to balance the cycle while riding and if the rider has mastered that, he has pretty much everything under control. The scoot bikes are invented to help learn balance in cycle. The design of the product is very intriguing. It is a scooter but with no pedals, chains or gears such that one may learn to balance easily and take up riding cycles early. This was especially designed for kids, but it comes as a huge boost for all kinds of beginners.
  • Snap on indicators: A lot of cyclists have gotten used to using head and rear lights on their cycles, but the snap on indicators have kind of taken riding cycles to another level. The design is pretty simple and interesting-an aluminium mount onto the end of your handlebars, and then magnetically ‘snap’ an amber light on to each end. Before you make a turn you tap the end of the relevant handlebar to turn your ‘indicator’ on, then tap it back off again after you’ve turned. This technology helps the riders feel safe while riding bicycles amongst all the other motor vehicles without having to be worried if the driver behind has taken note of your signal to take a change in direction.
  • Single convertible bikes:  There are many bicycles inventions that have been made over the years but this definitely is the one that seems striking to the consumers. Single convertible bikes are basically bicycles with more than one seat and that have more than one rider- where all the riders can pedal the same cycle at the same time. This can be the innovation that every couple has long waited for!
  • Turn signaling gloves: This is yet another invention that helps the cyclist ride safely on roads amongst busy vehicles that race to reach their destination. It often happens that in the dark while riding a bicycle, your hand signals go unnoticed- this may result in danger for the rider. These gloves are designed especially so that the hand signals are noticed by the riders behind. The back of each glove contains a waterproof array of high-intensity LEDs arranged to form a blinking directional arrow. The lights are activated by touching a pair of metal contacts together – one on the inside of the glove’s thumb, and one on the inside of its index finger.

 

These are just a few of the marvelous innovations or inventions that the cycling world has seen and the list is so huge that it would be difficult to sum up in a single list. These inventions are made with the sole intention of making cycling more fun and exciting. Yulu has taken the same initiative in India and works towards making cycle the primary means of short distance commute in India. Yulu has equipped the cycles with modern technology to track the them and digital locks to prevent them from being stolen. Yulu looks forward to equipping the cycles with further advanced technology for the benefit of the riders. So, while we make your cycle rides better and more innovative,  you can help the cause of promoting eco vehicles in our country that will benefit the environment. Try cycling with us- all you need to do is rent a cycle using our app and pedal the change.

 

Why Do You Yulu? Hear What Yuluites Have to Say

Yulu has been in the market for a few months and has enjoyed success with people who have rendered support consistently to bring about much-needed change in the society. We have initiated our mission to bring about the changes we needed in the nation and Yuluites are the proof of this statement. Let us look into some testimonials of a few of the many Yuluites who have supported our cause and stood by us.

RashmiYellamelli who used our product writes that

Trying the Yulu cycle. So these are environment friendly bicycles placed in all IT tech parks you should find them if you work in one guys. They are easy to use and eco-friendly.”

Well, we are grateful that you liked our innovation and hope you keep riding with us to promote an environment friendly society for all.

     

Rajeshojhak another cyclist achieved a marvelous feat and shared it with us.

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Rode after a while and loved it. 32kms seems to be a good start.”

Well, what can we say except that we are amazed and congratulate on achieving this marvelous feat with us. Glad you liked our services and hope to see you achieving more tremendous feats with us.

 

Iemshub uses his instagram account to share his experience with Yulu.

“Keep moving in order to keep your balance!! #BachpanKeDin”

We are glad that you could relive your childhood memories with us and we hope to see more of you with us. Make sure to cycle on a regularly basis and enjoy pedaling with us.

 

Turontino writes about the benefits of Yulu.

Set out on my run this morning only to realize I ran off track and would have to do another 5 to get home. Thanks to #yulubikes I was home in 10 minutes.”

Great to be at your service and be of help to you in your times of need. We hope you liked your ride with us and our relation does not end just there.

 

Sanjit Kumar, a resident of Bengaluru shares his views on Yulu with us.

“YULU Cycle: A good initiative in Bangalore by Yulu #yulubikes #bangalore #pedalthechange”

We genuinely thank you for supporting our cause for the better future of the society we reside in and helping the movement by taking an initiative with us. We look to seeing more of you with us and hope you spread words of our initiative to the people around you.

 

Pratibha Shenoy writes on Instagram about her ride with Yulu.

“Smarter way of losing weight
Smart dock less bike sharing for new India. 
Yes you heard it right, Yulu Bikes are here with its greatest technology with a GPS enabled bikes. Locate, Ride and Park anywhere under the sky. Loved the concept @yulubikes”

Good to see that we could be at your service to help you in your exercise. We surely promote a healthier India and all we can say is keep going towards your goal while we will do all we can to help you achieve your motive towards fitness.

 

Sandeep Joice writes on Instagram

You don’t have to depend on anyone now. Try Yulu bike rentals from most common public places. Give it a try.”  

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. Looking forward to serve you more in the future.

 

When travelling is becoming harder day by day, we are here to make short distance commutation more easy and fun. While you take up cycling, share your experiences with us and pedal the change.

 

Have you tried the Yulu Keep feature yet?

“Yulu is the India’s dockless and truly Smart Public Bike (bicycle) Sharing Service that is solving the first and last mile connectivity, and short distance commute problem in cities.”

The Yulu bikes are specially designed for Indian roads. They glide smoothly and meander through their path with a smart lock system integrated with a smartphone app. The special design gives the rider greater access and to a bike when they are in need of it. Yulu brings to you  its greatest hope to be able to provide affordable, safe, convenient and green mode of transportation where everyone can contribute to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, thereby creating a healthier and pollution free environment for ourselves as well as our future generations.

Yulu has set out with a vision to reduce the present traffic congestion by providing an affordable, scalable, efficient and clean solution for the first mile, last mile, and short distance commute. It is strongly believed that short commute mode can be made more affordable, efficient, convenient and GREEN, which will further ensure that the future generations have a healthy environment to live in. The idea is to replace the big and bulky personal vehicles with a smaller and compact form factor that does not require any fossil fuel thereby saving fuel as well. Yulu uses IoT technology to create a widespread network of shared dockless bicycles which can be rented conveniently by a user-friendly app in a pay per use business model. Yulu is a highly mission-driven company which is based out of India with a firm founding team and big but achievable ambitions. At Yulu it is believe that each and every single day is a mission and success is extremely sweet when it is achieved with fun and as a team. Yulu is for all those people out there who want to solve the problem of high route congestion, contribute their bit in reducing pollution and impact the society in a positive manner. Not to mention, cycling comes with the bonus of keeping you fit and healthy forever.

All said and done, after successfully running its first batch of bicycles on road with an impressive result, Yulu has now introduced Yulu Keep Feature’. Let us break this down to simpler terms for you. Yulu KEEP lets you commute after 6 pm to a destination and then back to a Yulu ZONE – basically from work to home and back to work in the next morning. Yulu KEEP starts only after 6pm and the user can unlock a bike under the KEEP feature by accepting all the terms and conditions in the app. Until KEEP is released, the bike is reserved for the normal Yulu usage to be rented by users any number of times. The feature is released from 6pm up to 6am next morning by which the user has to drop the bicycle to the nearest Zone and from 6 am to 9am next morning the rider can drop the bike anywhere – a ride is necessary. The user is fully responsible for theft or any damage to the bike until KEEP is released.

This is an interesting way to encourage people to use bicycle more than automobiles. Yulu is indeed set to make this place a better habitat for people and we cannot agree more! As they say at Yulu, it is time to #PedalAChange. What are you waiting for! Explore your route on Yulu bikes, pedal to your work place and dodge the traffic congestion and don’t forget to try the Yulu KEEP feature!

7 top cycling cities in the world

With the increasing number of people opting for bicycles as a means of transport in the country, it is only right to maintain this enthusiastic movement and encourage more and more people to join in. The return of bicycle has become the new series in action. All over the world, people are rediscovering the benefits of cycling. The officials of the cities are responding by building the needed infrastructure to serve and also to keep them safe. This new and much needed change to raise cycling levels and improve the quality of city life is the greatest movement in global urbanism. Of course, not all cities are moving at an equal pace. Some are marching ahead, while others lagging behind. It is unfair to expect equal responses from everywhere.

India is also responding to this movement in a very positive manner. The citizens have become very much responsible and understand the need to shift from heavy vehicles to bikes in order to make the cities better, people healthier, pollution lower and ultimately the planet happier. In order to keep up with the enthusiasm that our citizens have shown in cycling, we at Yulu have enlisted the top 7 cycling cities in the world to make you understand  what steps the cities across the globe are being taken by the officials in the favour of those who are riding bicycle for betterment.

 

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
    Since 2015 alone, the City has completed the Havneringen / Harbour Ring bicycle route allowing its citizens to cycle along the whole inner harbour of the city. The council has piloted a new traffic light system that detects and prioritizes cyclists, launched digital traffic congestion signs to improve the flow through the city, and opened new bicycle superhighway routes for the riders. Now, 62 percent of residents ride a bike daily to work or education in the city—just nine percent drive. To sum up the entire scenario, there are very few places in the world that prioritize innovation as much as Copenhagen does, with the city council support to back it up totally.

 

 

 

  • Utrecht, Netherlands
    We are not used to seeing this name in the top on many lists, but lists like this one traditionally begins with names like this. Also this is one of the smaller cities on the list. Utrecht continues to impress the cycling enthusiast all around the world. The uniquely designed Dafne Schippersbrug Bridge is a fine example. The city’s ongoing plan is to build 33,000 bike parking spots at the Central Station by 2020 is another great example. The current 12,000 spots weren’t enough, says the official of the city.

 

 

 

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Amsterdam, like the other two cities mentioned above, has plans for quite impressive development and bicycle urbanisation projects, but they are bit lagging behind as compared to the others. For the benefits of its own residents, it has put bicycles in Municipal and political agendas. Its topographical conditions at times make it difficult to put ideas into

 

 

action but nevertheless the citizens show responsibility towards their place and still promote the use of bikes over any other vehicle.

 

 

  • Strasbourg, France
    Strasbourg is planning a coherent network of ‘bicycle superhighways’ with three major routes and several radial routes to connect the city with its suburbs and neighbouring towns. They are also planning on establishing bicycles as a form of transport equivalent to other public transport. Just like Utrecht and Amsterdam, Strasbourg’s primary challenge is to settle on some uniform infrastructure designs which run across the city. Upgrading its infrastructure to be intuitive and uniform is the perfect complement to its otherwise visionary bicycle urbanisation plans. Many cities are taking some serious initiatives towards cycling to establish it as a better form of public transport which makes them better cities for bike riders.

 

 

 

  • Malmö, Sweden
    Malmö, since 2015, has continued to work towards building the bicycle as a transport in the city. It is very thrilling to take notice of the opening of Cyklehuset or Bicycle House: an entire housing that accommodates bicycles throughout the building encourages car-free lifestyle. That is not all, this Swedish city is looking forward to upgrade its bicycle sharing by distributing cargo bikes from its central train station. A new bicycle ferry between Malmö and Copenhagen is set to strengthen bicycle tourism in the region. Most of these innovative initiatives are concentrated in the European region.  

 

 

 

  • Tokyo, Japan
    When we are talking about establishing bicycles as a means of transport, it is not possible to not talk about Tokyo. It is the city which brought cycling back to everyone’s notice. It was quite strange to see it falling out of the top 20 bicycle friendly cities in 2015. But Tokyo is back in the list and with the most impressive statistics. One fifth of the area’s 20 million rail commuters use cycle to reach the station. The tourist areas are loaded with bikes, but it is the neighbourhoods where the vast majority of locals live that makes you really understand why Japan is the world’s third great cycling nation, and Tokyo its crown jewel. The modal share quite easily hits 30% in most of the neighbourhoods. Bike parking stations are everywhere and impressive parking stations with all facilities are located near all the train stations.

 

 

 

  • Berlin, Germany
    Berlin is 2 spots up in the 2017 ranking. The city owes the credits to its activists who promoted cycling referendum, placing bikes on the city’s main agenda. Berlin is set to experiment with traffic-free streets and is also testing ‘green waves’ for the bike riders. The government is also implementing the plans outlined by the Cycling Referendum. The capital’s modal share has reached up to a respectable 13% but some neighbourhoods estimate this number to see as high as 20%. Hence, few new bike share system is slated for the year. What happens is yet to be seen. But it is also true, that the new Coalition government has started to focus on sustainable transport system and cycling is surely on the top!

 

 

These are the top 7 cities which have established cycling as a means/form of transport very seriously looking at the scenarios from the past few years. The government of these cities have equally supported the movement, and in places where the government wasn’t cooperating, they were made to cooperate because ultimately it is for the benefits of its citizens, their city and ultimately solves the problems of a lot of environmental challenges.  There are more cities which are progressing towards developing cycle lanes and other infrastructure to encourage its citizens to switch to cycling. Cities like Barcelona, Vienna, Paris are trying to squeeze in cycling infrastructure where it becomes quite problematic for the already set city design.

In comparison to all these pro-cycle cities and also countries, countries like India have just begun its movement. India can only be situated in the very initial stage of this development.  Yulu has set foot to make this movement visible in the global front. We at Yulu encourage all the young adults and working people to cycle to their workplace. It is not only required for your own betterment but also for the future generations. Take cues from the above listed cities and opt for cycling. Don’t worry we got your back, book a Yulu cycle and #PedalTheChange!

 

Yulu’s Rider Guide – Parking Do’s and Don’ts

Where to park your bicycle? This question is often found missing from the cycling debates.

In the recent race of initiatives to promote cycling, the focus is often on the bike lanes, how it can reduce traffic congestion, how it can help in keeping you fit, how it reduces all the hassles of parking, but wait! Where do you park your bike in the first place? So, we, at Yulu, have decided to give our riders a brief yet descriptive guide to the parking do’s and don’ts. We encourage healthy bike riding and those who strictly abide by the traffic rules. Wear your helmets, keep your biking gears ready, take the bike lanes wherever possible, etc, etc.

With the increasing number of enthusiast cyclist is increasing the number of cycles hitting the roads. Cycle will slowly and definitely takeover the roads (yay!). Today we can see an evident increase in the number of bicycles on the roads, we see young adults actually understanding the need of the hour and opting for cycles instead of their personal vehicles or even heavy public transportation vehicles. With this rapid increase, the demand for separate lanes for bikes is also increasing; it is only the right thing to do. By doing this we can remove the load off the roads and the life of the roads will also improve.

To avoid such scenarios where bicycles become another obstruction, Yulu has designated Yulu zones in the area of service and we highly encourage the riders to park their Yulu bikes at a Yulu Zone which is marked in Yulu blue. In the event of unavailability of a Yulu zone, the riders are advised to park their bikes at any publicly accessible location that does not obstruct the traffic; pedestrians or vehicles. The bikes must be strictly parked at lawful parking spots, i.e. the bikes must not be parked in any private property, closed areas, or any other non-public spheres. Also note that, the bikes must be parked at a location which is visible and easily accessible by other Yulu riders.

Following are some of the parking Don’ts that a rider must avoid.

  • Parking inside a Gated Community or a Gated office/building where we have not created a Yulu zone is a big no.
  • Bikes must not be parked in an underground parking space as our bicycles become untraceable, causing massive issues for our Operations team.
  • A bike should not be parked in areas that might lead to traffic or pedestrian obstruction.

By abiding by these do’s and don’ts you can stand as a responsible citizen and also lead others into following these. Join the Yulu #PedalTheChange movement and help us in making it better and better every passing day. To know more about Yulu visit www.yulu.bike and participate in bringing the biggest revolution in the way people commute by switching to cycling.

Utility Cycling is not a ‘sport’ but ‘transport’

With days passing by, the fare of the public and private transport services keeps on rising and there seems to be no change that would benefit your pocket. It is a rising concern for the entire country but we hardly see any solution to the problem. Related to this issue, let us shed some light on one of the most relatable topics- ‘Utility Cycling’. Before we discuss how utility cycling can be related to your daily life, let us focus on what it is. You have often cycled for the sole purpose of relaxation or leisure, but utility cycling is confined to daily commute. Utility Cycling is not ‘sport’ but ‘transport’.

How can you relate to utility cycling remains the question here. You end up spending thousands of bucks on travelling from home to office per month. And not just that, the additional maintenance cost of your own vehicle remains on you. Besides, the public transport system is not very comfortable either taking into consideration the traffic jam and the office hour rush. Utility cycling is a well-known practice in the western countries, and the aim is to spread the good word of how helpful it is.

You often get up in the morning after a good night sleep, and get ready for work- and surprise! you are waiting in the long traffic queue. You have to be patient, have a strong will and battle irritation before you even reach work. Let us explore a few more areas where you can relate to Utility cycling as a daily option. For a moment, even if we forget the traffic jam, we definitely cannot forget the rush in public transport services. The buses are often filled with passengers and accommodate more than the capacity the bus can hold and you have to adjust to the crowd. It is very demotivating for your work, taking into account the journey to the work place you have undertaken. Another very relatable issue is the management of time. To reach your workplace in time is something in your professional career that you cannot neglect. And finally, the environment that we all share also needs care, and utility cycling takes a step  towards the better future of the planet.

Utility cycling is a solution that addresses all the above mentioned daily issues. All you need to do is cycle to work and enjoy your ride to reach your destination on time in a very happy mood, and that will definitely motivate and energize you. You need not reach your work place late, but rather reach in time dodging all the traffic woes and mocking the long queues of motor vehicles. Secondly, utility cycling is similar to travelling in your own vehicle. You ride at your comfort and the speed that suits you and none of the obstacles will hinder your way to work. You need not compromise with someone else for comfortable seating when you take up utility cycling as the preferred mode of commutation to work. Utility cycling is the answer to the question that bothers millions of people in this country. Spending huge numbers on travelling to work is widely criticized by the masses. Utility cycling is very pocket friendly and helps your savings take a hike and fill your pockets. The most important connection that is between utility cycling and the citizens of the country is it helps save nature and protect the environment from all the harmful gases emitted from the motor vehicles. We surely can live with a lesser amount of carbon dioxide in the air than what is present currently.

Utility cycling is now just an alternative option, but how long would it take for us citizens to take up the good habit and make it a trend? It surely is free of side effects that could cause any harm and moreover provides a bonus by keeping you fit and saving a lot of your time. Yulu believes in building a society that favors its residents and also makes the roads congestion free. Yulu has taken the initiative to promote utility cycling in this country and protect the environment and help build a better society, but it would all make sense only when you make it a trend for the society to follow. When you find the issues so relatable, nothing should stop you from utility cycling. To help you take up the practice, Yulu is providing bicycles on rent at cheap and affordable rates- all you have got to do is scan and rent a bicycle using our app and pedal the change.

The Significance of The Yulu Blue – A Color That Binds Us All

Ever wondered why Yulu bicycles are that beautiful sky blue? This blog aims to unravel the mystery behind choosing this particular color.

Blue is a distinct color that represents the sky and the sea. It is the color associated with open spaces, freedom, expansiveness, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. It also represents confidence, stability, trust, intelligence, depth, and faith.

To put it simply the color has a positive and calming effect on the mind and the body. It is the color of the spirit and invokes a feeling of serenity. It can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and helps to slow human metabolism. It helps with balance and self-expression.

Another critical aspect behind choosing this color – is what binds our country together. The one unique thing that is beyond language, food, religion or movies. It is our love for cricket. The sport that brings us Indians together and the sky blue colored jersey of our team.

The Yulu bicycle was created for the Indian user – the commuter who spends hours on the road battling traffic congestion.  We aimed to bring about a behavior change in people and get them to ride bicycles, thereby easing the commuter’s life on the road, and solving urban mobility problems. Yulu offers a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution for people.

The unique Yulu blue is not available off-the-shelf in the market. You just know a Yulu bicycle from a distance. It’s who we are. It’s our identity.

Go green with Yulu Blue! You can amp up your health, ensure peace of mind by avoiding traffic, while also saving the environment. Go free of fossil fuels – no carbon emissions and a cleaner environment.

What are you waiting for? Join us. Download Yulu app and start to #PedalTheChange!