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.