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.

Author: Yulu

Yulu's vision is to reduce traffic congestion by providing a scalable, affordable, efficient and clean solution for the first mile, last mile, and short distance commute. We strongly believe that short commute mode can be made more Efficient, Affordable and GREEN, thereby ensuring that future generations will have a healthy environment to live. We want to replace big personal vehicles with a smaller form factor that does not require fossil fuel. We are using IoT technology to create a vast network of shared dockless bicycles that can be rented easily by a user-friendly app in pay per use business model. We are a mission-driven company based out of India with a solid founding team and big ambitions. At Yulu we believe that every day is a mission and success is exciting when its attained with fun and as a team. If you want to solve the problem of traffic congestion, reduce pollution, positively impact the society, let's have a conversation to partner in our journey to shape a new India for our future generations.

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