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.

Preparing For the Future of Urban Mobility in India

Let’s take a step back to move forward, turn around the clock and go back in time to run towards the future. Let’s stop to start. Confused? Don’t be. We are showing you the glimpse of a new India where this country is running and running towards great heights but wait – we are stuck in traffic!

To avoid this scenario, we are here to prepare you for the future of urban mobility in India and our solution is cycle. Urban mobility in present scenario is highly relied upon buses and cars which are responsible for pollution and heavy road congestion. The immediate need of the hour is to find an alternative which hits both the birds with one stone. The most feasible and cost effective way to bring this to action is by taking your bicycles out. Bicycle is a solution to a lot of problems; it takes care of the traffic issue as well as keeps you fit. We need to get out of our comfort zones and become responsible for our country. The future of urban mobility is using Public transportation like metro railways, buses, car shuttles along with walking and non-motorized vehicles like bicycles.

But with bicycles the current roads will become a problem as bicycles would definitely need a separate lane. In India usage comes and infrastructure follows. As soon as we are out on the roads with our bicycles, our government will be more than ready to restructure the roads accordingly because today everyone is looking for sustainable developments; developments that won’t hurt our nature any further as the damage that is done is irreversible and we are the ones who has to pay for that or we’re already paying the heavy price. A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan is a strategic plan designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses in cities and their surroundings for a better quality of life. It will build on existing planning practices and will take due consideration of integration, participation, and evaluation principles.

A bicycle can be accessed by anyone and everyone. It is easy and environment friendly. Today when we all are talking about being advanced and modern then why not become sensible and responsible citizens first. The quality of atmosphere we live in is very low. We are actually inhaling un-inhalable air which has toxic elements. Traffic is not the only problem that cycling will resolve it will also give us a better life. We need to be very open minded to this change because in India cars are a highly acknowledged status symbol. The higher a person stands on the social strata the bigger his or her car is. Bicycles are widely used in many developed countries like China, UK, Netherlands, Japan, etc by all age groups and social standings.

With the advent of bicycle, we will be able to reduce accidents, underage driving can be restricted too. The solutions we were looking for everywhere was right in front of us but sadly we never really thought about it.

Introducing YULU, a unique mobile solution which lets you commute using bicycle at very affordable rates. YULU runs in big cities with its service covering the major part of the city. One can locate a bicycle, pick it up and after finishing the ride drop it at any safe public area. The payment is done using Paytm, debit and credit cards in a secure and hassle free manner. Yulu is aligned with India’s top priorities namely “Make in India”, “Clean India”, “Green India”, “Digital India”, and “Cashless India”, which will lead to strong support from the government at state and national level.

YULU is committed to solve the traffic congestion and related problems, which is becoming a big social problem in the country. It aims to make an impact using technology. Let us all join hands to bring the old back to be able to walk towards the new and the better. Let us all #PedalTheChange