Pedal along the city with NammaCycle

For years now, cycling has been recommended as an environmentally clean mode of transport and Bangalore University plans to adopt this on its campus.

Imagine strolling along
the road peacefully with no pollution and honking sounds from vehicles? Seems like a dream isn't it? Now it is soon going to be a reality with 'NammaCycle’ which literally translates to ‘Our cycle’. It is an initiative started by a bunch of cycle-enthusiasts to encourage bicycle sharing system in campuses across Bangalore which could possibly solve the frequent traffic problems faced by commuters in the city.  

When Dr Prabhudeva, former director of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology and Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University suggested that bicycling was a good form of exercise for human heart and agreed to support the idea of bicycle sharing in the campus, the team at NammaCycle organized a workshop and later, finalized the execution strategy. At the moment, the team  is busy designing stations at the Jnana Bharthi campus, Bangalore University (BU) and looking out for corporate sponsors to help them out. The system will soon be made available to the whole student community at BU.

Murali H. R, a Creative Consultant and an active member of NammaCycle says, “This new scheme will use a simple mobile technology to record the mobile transactions and to manage the cycle movements. As the experiment progresses and gets positive reviews form users, we will include other schools and educational institutions into our network.”

Students need to shell out a mere Rs 1-2 for renting a cycle on the campus. Further explaining Murali adds, “We want to demonstrate to the public that bicycles can indeed be used as a mode of commute and also as a public transport. Besides, they also enable quick access and reduce air, noise pollution, traffic congestion and jams to a great extent.”

The project which is currently anchored by Ride A Cycle Foundation (RACF) and Gubbi Labs , a research collaborative have found few sponsors like Bharathi Cement, BSA , Bang ID, etc. Talks are on with mobile companies as well to support the technology. Soon, NammaCycle will sign an agreement with BMTC so that students can get down in any bus stop and cycle to universities.
Meanwhile, those who appreciate the efforts of NammaCycle and would like to join hands with them can send a mail to .
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