Since the beginning of time, mankind has progressed tremendously and with inventions in various fields. In the transportation sector, it all began with the invention of the wheel, and from there we have moved towards bullock carts, and after many more, we are here with cars and buses on roads. With the immense progress, the costing that has gone into these innovations and production has been immense and that has led these vehicles to be expensive and not affordable by all. Not just that, these vehicles also have led to heavy congestion on roads today and that has further resulted in pollution rates going higher and having a bad impact on the environment. The world is becoming more aware of these issues and it is time that we move ahead as we always have and bring in micro mobility for that truly is the future of transportation.
The rise of micro- mobility companies has been well documented with the rise of companies like Ofo and Mobike in China and Citi bike and Jump bike in US. All these companies have created a huge demand in the market for the first mile and last mile transportation vehicles. Even though the trend is still tilted towards the heavy vehicles but the market is steadily shifting in favour of the micro vehicles which are light and easy to ride. In 2018, this micro-mobility trend was re-energized with the emergence of the shared and dockless electric scooter (e-scooter for short), pioneered by Lime and Bird in the US. These e-scooters quickly found such strong product-market fit that Bird and Lime became the fastest ever US companies to reach billion-dollar valuations, with each achieving this milestone within a year of inception.
Megacities worldwide are facing an epidemic of congestion and pollution caused by rapid urbanization that is increasing gridlock and putting severe pressure on public transportation systems. Electric scooters are not the only micro vehicles that are being introduced. Electric bikes or pedal bikes, both docked and dockless are also viable options to escape the traffic congestions and travel smoothly towards the destinations. The micro- mobility companies have just one huge concern and that is the safety of the passengers. Many of the city’s infrastructure does not support the micro vehicles on road and are prone to accidents. To address this issue at hand, various companies have held talks with the governments to build infrastructure to promote a healthier mode of commutation. The governments all over the world realize the need for these vehicles and how much the planet could benefit from this initiative, have already started working on developing the infrastructure that would ensure the safety of the passengers using the micro vehicles. Various lanes are built specially for these vehicles and these also ensure that the riders need not face the heat of the traffic in the rush hours. As these are light vehicles, they hardly take up space and cause no congestion. Apart from that, these vehicles run on electric power or manpower and do not feed heavily on the petroleum fuels that cause pollution. Hence, these vehicles are pollution- free.
Yulu has brought this initiative to India and the cities, Bengaluru and Pune are benefitting from it tremendously. Yulu rents cycles at cheap rates to make the commute easier. The introduction of Miracle also provides the public with another ode of transportation. Try out our micro- mobility vehicles by renting them using the Yulu app at cheap rates and live the future.