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.

Why Millenials are the most Earth- friendly generation ever!

We are surely aware that you are familiar with the term Millennials, and if not allow us to explain. Well, Millennials are just the people born in between early 1980s to 2000. It basically is anyone who spends their young adulthood in the twenty first century. This is one of the special generations for it is very well aware of the surroundings, care for the planet and is well versed with the history. This generation has seen and heard it all and lives in a world dominated by technology and craves for peace. Before the Millenials there was the great world wars which had wiped away a huge population from the face of the Earth with its latest weaponry and technologies.

The world has progressed since then heavily and with time has brought various technologies and issues that poses a serious threat to the planet and all its people. A few of them to mention are overpopulation, global warming, and a numerous other problem. The youth today are well aware of the various impacts of their actions which could cause any harm to the nature and make sure to take steps that can help humanity survive in ease. At grass root level the problem lies in the fact that the planet is overpopulated. From this stems the issues like depletion of the finite resources left in the planet and global warming. To beat these issues, humans first come up with the use of CNG for vehicles instead of petrol and diesel which was depleting steadily. The vehicles ran on Compressed Natural gas and this benefitted the society and it still does, but it still does not solve the heavy crisis. The youth are becoming more and more aware of the situation and very well know that if action is not taken immediately there would not be much resources left for the next generation to follow. It is not just the resources. One of the major problem resulting from the vehicles today is pollution. Bulks of carbon dioxide emitted from the vehicles regularly pollute the atmosphere of the planet and cause severe damage to the society and the air we breathe in. For instance, we can see how the city of Delhi has been affected by huge amounts of Carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere from the vehicles resulting in air pollution at such a rate that it has become unfit for the people to breathe in that air. People cannot walk freely in the city in the open air without masks, afraid that it would deteriorate their health. And it is fair to say that if every citizen does not take action, every city will face the same action. The number of cars today on the roads seem to be more than what the roads can accommodate. This pressure has resulted in huge sufferings for the planet.

The humans have always learnt from their mistakes and so have they now. To tackle the situations and ease the pressure on roads, we can always shift back to bicycling for commuting instead of vehicles that feed on the resources heavily. Bicycles are very eco- friendly as they do not consume the resources that could cause harm to the nature, rather they help save resources on the other hand. It does not emit any harmful gases while riding nor does it cause pollution of any kind. An ideal replacement we might say for short distance commutation. All it requires is a bit of human effort to ride and pedal towards your destination. Cycling even saves you loads of time by freeing you from the regular traffic woes. It is very light and can easily dodge the heavy traffic in the cities. To help the cause the cities have begun allotting cycle lanes for the cyclists to travel without worrying about accidents and can travel smoothly without being stuck. You may just imagine that how beneficial is the same to the planet if we just adopt the practices and adopt an environment friendly method of travelling which is available at the disposal.

Yulu is here in the market to support the cause understanding the worries and the demands of the Millenials and hence came forward with a technology that allows the people to commute regularly on bicycle at very cheap costs. Thus pocket friendly and at the same time eco- friendly, the kind of math the Millenials like. Yulu aims for a day where we do not consume heavily on the resources for travel depleting them at once, rather adopt practices that can benefit the Mother Earth. To support the cause, begin today. All you need to do is open the Yulu app and rent a bicycle. Scan the code and pedal your way towards a better tomorrow. After all, it is the Millenials who have to take the initiative to pedal the change.

3 Myths about cycling that need to go away

Cycling can be said to be the most fun exercise of all. Taking a ride on your bicycle across the street on a fine evening- nothing gets better this! There are always other options to stay healthy and fit, but very few that make straining your body fun. There are several myths associated with cycling and that has always been the barrier for many to take up the sport. Let’s have a look at some of these myths. We have heard rumours taking rounds that cycling is essentially for men or you have to shave your legs before taking up cycling, or else if you’re hurt you may end up not having hair on the wounded area. Guess what, these are nothing more than myths. We are here to bust the top myths associated with cycling.


  • You have to be super fit: One of the most common myths associated with cycling is that it is essentially meant for super fit people. Well, let us inform you that it is nothing more than a myth. If anything, cycling is meant for everyone, irrespective of their fitness level. Even young kids cycle, isn’t it? Cycling helps burn calories very quick and helps you keep track of your fitness level and improve your muscle strength. So do not worry about this myth and keep pedaling your way.
  • Commitment Issues: If anyone has ever said that if you cannot commit to cycling regularly, it is not for you, it is not the complete truth. It is very untrue to say that cycling requires all your commitment and that too on a regular basis if you are going to use it as a medium to work out and lose some calories and stay fit. Definitely, cycling regularly helps your body remain fit, but in this fast paced world, it is not possible for everyone to commit to cycling regularly for the sake of fitness. In such cases, allow us to inform you that it is not mandatory to cycle every day to remain fit. It is an option you may avail if you wish. But even two or three days of cycling every week does the trick. All you have to do is ride twice or thrice a week for 30 to 40 minutes, and soon enough, you will be able to see the difference for yourself. Do not let commitment issues stop you from taking up cycling.


  1. Cycling is very expensive: This is one of the most circulated statements related to cycling. We would just like to say that cycles are, if anything, very cheap and inexpensive compared to other vehicles. You may have to spend a lot of money on buying motor cycles or half a million in buying cars, but cycles will cost you less than one fourth of the money you would be spending on buying a motorcycle. You need not even opt for the option of buying a bicycle but rather avail the options of sharing bike rides which makes your daily rides way cheaper. One may take a bus or a car or motorcycle to work regularly, and let us assure you that cycling will cost you even less than one fourth of the expenditure you invest on your daily rides.  We hope this is no longer the reason that stops you from taking rides on a bicycle but rather makes you consider the option of cycling regularly.

Well, that is not all. There are several more myths which are associated with cycling. To name a few, we may say that cycling is not very safe on roads or cyclists should only use cycle lanes for cycling, cyclists do not pay road tax and many more. But let us assure you that these are nothing more just myths. We hope that we have cleared you of all the doubts and queries regarding to cycling and broken the myths associated with this fun activity such that you may not be restricted by these obstacles. Shed all your worries and remember cycling is for everyone irrespective of what job you do or how fit you are. Yulu has brought forward a bike sharing initiative in the city to promote cycling and a better environment for everyone and help commute in the cities become smoother.  Do not waste any more time, sign up for Yulu- scan and rent a bicycle using our app and shatter all the myths you have heard related to cycling.


How Much money can you save in a month with Yulu

In 2018, we may definitely feel the pressure of financial burden on us and it is very likely that it is not going to be solved anytime soon. The monetary issues always wander right around the corner for the majority of the people in the economy, but the major worry for most of the citizens is the fact that they are unable to ward off unwanted expenditure. One such expenditure is travelling. Travelling in this country cannot be considered to be very cheap and the situations such as hike in petrol and diesel prices also clearly indicate that the travelling fare is very likely to keep on rising upwards. The fares for the journey have almost become double where else the income seems to have not risen at the same rate for the majority of people and expenditure also does not likely help the cause of the citizens in the country.

In such times of distress we need to look out for ways through which we cut down on expenditure and help contribute to the savings. How about we provide you such an opportunity for you to cut down your travelling expenses? Yes, a huge amount of money is spent regularly for travelling from one place to another. The cheapest mode of transportation for daily commute might be bus in most cases, but we are well aware how overcrowded those buses can be and hence making your journey very uncomfortable and make you face several difficulties like not finding a seat for the whole journey, getting your feet stamped on in the bus, getting pickpocketed and many other such problems. Yulu understands your problems and has brought at your service smart dockless technology that helps in your daily commutation. Yulu provides cycles on rent at cheaper rates than your daily modes of commutation, as low as Rs. 10 for your rides.

Yulu is suggested to the commuters as it would make journey more comfortable for the commuters and also help in saving a lot of money for them. Yulu thus becomes the ideal choice for short distance commutation. The country people have at their disposal the services of Uber and Ola, and the companies definitely provide very good deals for the riders but Yulu is simply better. Allow me to show you how Yulu gets the better of Ola and uber in terms of services and fare. Uber and Ola both provide auto services in the city of Bengaluru, they also provide cab services that can be rented individually or the ride can be shared. In the city of Bengaluru, most of the people engage in short distance commutation regularly. People prefer Uber/ Ola for their daily travel over the bus because of the traffic and the hurry and it also provides a more comfortable journey by charging a bit more than what the buses might. The citizens often book Ola Prime or Uber Go rides majorly, if they are in a hurry and need to reach their destination faster than usual. Well, the rides offer the citizens that benefit but the charges go very high almost ten times the bus fare. That’s not all. The journey may be quicker but I could not say that it had the capability of beating traffic that easily. To help the price cause, both Ola and Uber provide share rides for the passengers where the fare for the journey would be cut short but the passengers will need to share the ride with other passengers. In this case, you have to book your rides accepting the fact that you never know how long will it take for you to reach your destination and how many passengers are going to accompany you in the journey and if services will be provided to other passengers earlier or not. The rate for the share rides begin from as low as Rs.39 for Uber and an almost similar rate for Ola. Then at your disposal, Ola and Uber have begun providing auto services to the people in the city. The autos definitely move quicker and can skip traffic better than the cars. The Ola and Uber auto fares start from Rs. 25 as the base price and keeps on rising steadily. Ola and uber auto rides are not always available at your disposal either. The autos often deny you service and there is nothing one can do about it but lodge a complaint with Ola and Uber and as citizens we never realize if and what actions are taken to benefit the people.

Here, Yulu has managed to better all of the problems. Yulu is independent of drivers and it is meant for solo journey, which is to say that only one person per cycle. So there is no need to share the ride with anyone else and you can ride at your own leisure. The journey also is very cheap and even beats the bus services in the city when it comes to fare. The rates are as low as Rs. 10 per ride and which if used regularly for commutation twice a day amounts to Rs. 20 a day compared to Ola and Uber which could not provide services cheaper than Rs. 50 if both side journeys are to be considered, to and fro from the destination. This definitely helps in savings and if calculated, the savings in travel almost amount to Rs. 600 per month. That is a good start one can undertake if he/ she is willing to save more.

Yulu helps cut down on the travel expenditure on daily basis, but that is a start for many people. They have to make adjustments and save more to keep their savings keep growing. Well, Yulu does not help in adjustments but rather provides an alternative which is more exciting and fun compared to the services of Ola and uber. Travelling by bicycles not only helps you cut down on your expenditure but also helps you reach your destination quicker by skipping the traffic easily. So, just grab a helmet, rent a Yulu and get going on your way towards saving more! #Pedal the change.

3 Tips to get the best out of Yulu

Yulu has brought revolutionary changes in the biking scenario of our very own Bengaluru. The city is now flooded with bikers riding their favourite ‘blue’ bikes to anywhere and everywhere. The roads are being painted blue with the large numbers of Yulu bikes running in the city and we cannot be prouder! Not only did our bikes benefit the riders but our happy riders are also making sure that the bikes are taken care of. We are very much thankful to all our rider friends. Having said that, we bring to you the 3 tips to get the best out of your favourite riding partner, Yulu.


  • Book a Yulu from the metro station to your office

The last mile connectivity is another problem faced by many people during the rush hours on the roads or even otherwise. The last one kilometre from the metro station to your office has the potential to even ruin your day because well, we all know how the traffic in Bengaluru functions plus it also makes it quite difficult for the pedestrians to walk on the road. So here we present you with the ultimate solution to your last mile connectivity problem – book a Yulu and cycle the last few metres to your office. In this pleasant weather, enjoy the breeze, calm your body and mind down, dodge the daily dose of annoyance due to traffic and step into your office without any frustration. Start your day with Yulu, because Yulu promises to keep you healthy and tension free!


  • Book a Yulu to cycle within large campuses

To all our student riders, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you. We bring to you our services within your campus grounds. Is the stretch of your campus to long to cover it on feet? Then worry no more, book a Yulu to cycle around the large and happening campuses and save your valuable time. Reach your class on time, no more of missing attendance, all can be fixed with one solution – Yulu bikes. The bikes are more preferred by the students as it helps them to reach the college/school/tuitions on time, lets them avoid the heavy traffic and is also very safe to ride. Hence, the parents encourage their children to commute by Yulu bikes.



  • Book a Yulu for a weekend bonding activity with your family


Bengaluru is a busy city. We, bangaloreans, hardly get time to spend some valuable time with our family. Weekends is the perfect time to catch up with your family and friends.  Make your weekends all the more fun by taking your family and friends on cycle ride in Cubbon Park or Lalbagh. Enjoy the greenery around you on a cycle and with your near and dear ones. Cycling will refresh not just your body but also your mind, all your memories. Enjoy riding a bike with your kids, help them learn cycling, enjoy the morning breeze with your partner or just simply enjoy your evening stroll. Book a Yulu and relax yourself during weekends.

A city in love with cycling: Berlin

In the world of today, the vehicles on street are almost always in a hurry. The fast world has demanded more of motor vehicles on street to race against time, and as a result, it has often ended up causing severe harm to nature and polluting the environment. In desperate times like these, we need to look for some other mode of commute that does increase our carbon footprint. Berlin has quite an exciting cycling strategy, and they do understand on some level that urban cycling enhances the quality of life and supports and promotes a healthy being. The German city of Berlin has steadily worked on developing practices that would bring 99% of the commuters on bikes, thus enhancing the bike culture and more importantly building a healthy and better tomorrow.

Cycling in Berlin is a significant form of transportation. The numbers supporting this statement are also astounding. Cycling accounted for 13% of total traffic in 2010 where on a daily basis the roads were occupied by near around 5 lakh cycles. Well, the records speak of the year 2010 and as it has been a long time since then, we can say almost a decade, and one can now only imagine the progress and development in the mode of transportation in a city which loves to cycle. The numbers are steadily rising in this city and the goal to convert 99% of the commuters to cycling may seem to be a dream within reach. But, more importantly the city works on planning to improve and provide more and more facilities that helps the cyclists. The city today has a highly developed bicycling infrastructure and it is estimated that it has 750 cycles per 1000 residents. With all the effort put in, among cities with more than one million inhabitants, Berlin is a metropolis with one of the highest rates of bicycle commuters in the world. Berliners now have access to 620 km of bike paths that include approximately 150 km of mandatory bicycle paths, 190 km of off- road bicycle routes, 60 km of bicycle lanes on the roads, 100 km of combined pedestrian/ bike paths and 50 km of marked bike lanes on the sidewalks. In addition to a variety of bike paths and bike lanes, there are also Fahrradstrassen (bicycle streets) where bikes have priority and vehicles are limited to 30 km per hour.

When the city does so much, it is natural for the citizens to opt for bicycles to travel more often. To keep the culture intact, the city plans on taking further steps that will enhance the cycling experience. The city plans on a number of cycling paths constructed along the side streets. It is also said that 100 km of bicycle highways will also be constructed to make travel easy for the cyclists. Cycling garages are also being built around the city to help people park their cycles safely such that the roads are not blocked and there remains no commotion in thinking about the safety of the cycle. Soon enough, private cars will be banned from Berlin’s 60 meter wide boulevard, which will be transformed completely just to accommodate flaneurs and cyclists. The German capital has a lot of exploring to offer but it can be best done on two wheels and that is what cycles are for. One may follow the former trail of the Berlin wall on cycles and just relive the historic moments of this great city. On cycles, the riders may come across several monuments and the paintings and street art done on the Berlin wall, and immerse themselves in the Berlin culture. If one wishes to explore berlin, buses might not be the best option. Taking a cycle and going across the entire city, even the paths less travelled by holds a lot for the visitors to explore. What helps the cause is that the entire city is almost flat, so cycling around the city is quite easy and does not consume much energy of the riders. Cycling is woven into the fabric of the city.

Yulu is very much inspired and proud of the Berlin bike culture and wishes to bring the same to India to help preserve the decaying environment and help solve the heavy traffic congestion on roads. Yulu is making more and more attempts at talking to the government and introducing more and more cycling lanes in the city. For now, scan and rent a cycle using the Yulu app and explore the unexplored lanes of your city.


The Global Bike Sharing Boom

Bike sharing has become the new trend in today’s world where everyone is moving towards green Commute. and we are now witnessing more bike sharing apps than ever. The seemingly simple concept has swept across the globe in just a few years. What is more astonishing is that, the concept of globalisation has also played a pivotal part in bringing about the much-needed change.

This global change is a brilliant example to show how the  right idea with the right technology can move mountains, and in this case bring about a change that is not just saving individuals but the planet altogether! Going back to the time when it all started- it was in the late 1960s, when a group of activists in Amsterdam introduced the Witte Fietsen, or white bikes. They painted a bunch of bicycles white and left them unlocked for everyone to use. The bikes could be used by anyone and everyone- but like all first ideas, there were a lot of limitations. A lot of bikes were damaged and/or broken and the program had to be shut down quickly. But what the Witte Fietsen started was a revolution which was slowly taking its shape. They were the ones to ignite the wildfire- they planted a idea which grew to be a huge success in the later years. It took almost another 30 years for another movement to emerge in the field of bike sharing. The city, today known as the biking city – Copenhagen attempted a major public bike sharing program. Copenhagen’s Bycyklen or the city bikes allowed people to use bicycles from specific locations via a coin-operated system. Though this time they did improvise on the previous attempt in Amsterdam, the problem of theft and vandalism still persisted. This was in 1995, and in the next year, 1996, a trump card was pulled out by the students in the Portsmouth University, UK. Though the service was limited to the students, they were the first to come up with a solution to the theft problem. They introduced an individualised card, very similar to today’s ATM card, which had a magnetic stripe. The users had to swipe the card in order to unlock the bike, which allowed them to be tracked in case the bike wasn’t returned or was damaged.

After the advent of the magnetised card, there was no turning back in this sector. In 1998, Vélo à la Carte in Rennes, France, became the first to introduce magnetised cards and RFID technology. This was a partnership with the city’s advertising company to develop and launch ‘Smart Bikes’ technology. They launched 200 bikes in 25 different stations. The program was just witnessing the high rise, as in 2005, another city in France with a new advertising partner launched 1500 bikes.

The year was 2007, and away they went with all new ideas and mind-boggling developments. Inspired by all the small neighbouring cities, Paris launched its 6000 bike sharing system and a started a worldwide movement towards bike sharing, which ran successfully. It was then predicted that by 2015 the number of bikes would easily cross 18000. In Spain, the entry point of the biking revolution was Barcelona. The whole program quickly became a nationwide boom n the country.

The bike-sharing phenomena has now covered almost the entire world map and is spreading its wings further. In 2015, globally the number of sharing bicycles hit an estimated 1,000,0000. China was by far the leader with the sheer number of bicycles- 3 out of 4 bicycles in the world were in that nation.


This was the chronological order in which the movement started to take shape and flow out from one city to the other. Then it went from cities to countries to continents and ultimately became a huge global success.

India, on the other hand, was lagging behind. But with the sudden rise in population, the heavy load on the roads and the need to shift the traffic, even India turned to biking. The need was to reduce the congestion on the roads, to make the traffic smoother without negotiating on safety and convenience.  

But the winds of change soon came to India. Bike sharing services started popping up all over the country, Yulu being one of the harbingers of change. Yulu has IOT enabled bikes which allows users to use the nearest bikes available on the map of the app by unlocking it through a QR code. YULU uses a digital wallet for its transactions.

Yulu started first in the city of Bangalore and then in Pune. The program is a huge success and now YULU has inspired the citizens to opt for bicycles instead of heavy vehicles. The citizens have responded with great enthusiasm and positive reviews about the bike sharing app. We can now see a lot of bikes running on the roads instead of cars and motorbikes, which gives us an enormous sense of pride. Though the journey was a bumpy one, and it took a lot of time for the entire process to be streamlined, it was worth the wait and struggle. Today, we see a new turn in the global commute program, where people are switching from cars and motorbike to bicycles. . It all started in 1965 and after almost half a decade, the small seed that was planted in Amsterdam is bearing fruit for the entire world. The global bike sharing revolution is changing the world!