It has been 4 weeks since Jinali Haria moved to Bengaluru. Throughout her first week right here, she availed public transport. She needed to change two buses and it took about an hour to achieve workplace. Within the third week, seeing no sense in travelling this manner, Jinali listened to photographer, net programmer and eco-warrior, Mayank Rungta’s recommendation: cycle to work. When she beginning biking to work, her commute time was decreased from an hour to 20 minutes/ half hour. “I plan my day well. I leave by 8.30 or 9 am. Any later than that and the traffic gets crazy.” Jinali has found brief cuts to get to work. “I take ‘silent lanes’ where there is not much traffic.”
Since 2017, software program skilled Chidambaran Subramanian (46), has been biking to work, on his KHS Flite 350, from JP Nagar to Whitefield. A commute that will take shut to 2 hours (or extra, factoring in visitors), takes Chidambaran an hour. “I have been cycling for years,” he says.
It isn’t all hunky-dory in the case of biking within the metropolis, although. Ask Mayank, an avid cycler. He has carried out 60 workshops with corporates on the significance of biking. “I work remotely now. It has been a long time since I have cycled and am grateful that I don’t have to cycle that much.” Mayank says he’s not a cynic, he’s simply sensible. “Earlier we had to face dust, pollution and traffic. These days we face issues such as burning lakes and crazy amounts of plastic being burnt. It is hazardous to us.” He agrees, although, that extra individuals are changing into conscious of biking. “The membership of the Bangalore Bikers Group has grown to 10,000 plus members today.” However he provides: “I prefer a tree-lined park over just another cycle track.”
Jinali agrees with Mayank and says: “It is hazardous. I ensure I have all my gear, including a pollution mask. Also I have faced at least two scary experiences with motorists, including one who almost drove into me. That is why cyclists have to always be alert.”
Information scientist Sandeep Tammu (27) cycled to work for a 12 months and a half. “My workplace was just four kilometres away. It took me 45 to 50 minutes to reach by public transport or cab. There were days when it would take a lot of time to get a cab. But when I cycles, it took me 20 minutes.”
Although now, Sandeep, doesn’t cycle to work as a lot as he used to. “The main thing that bothered me is safety at night. You have to be careful to see all the cars. Sometimes cars overtake trucks and swerve towards the left and may miss seeing the cyclist.”
Chidambaran, alternatively, says all of it about getting used to visitors. “You need to be adept in a certain mode of cycling. I make sure there is a gap between me and the left hand side of the road. As cyclists we are faster than others.” He provides: “The Cycling-to-Work group was started by Shilpi Sahu. “Every Friday at 8 am we gather at the Iblur Junction and go towards Marathahalli.” Shamala Kittane, who builds bicyle wheels for Haappyearth.in, over the weekends, and works on the Nationwide Institute of Superior Research, has been biking to work for 10 years. She cycles 15 kilometres to her office and it takes her about an hour to achieve. She says that biking has acquired worse due to blocking of roads for building. “Pollution has increased. But I have seen people make way.” She provides that biking wants stamina. “I have built my stamina over 10 years. I also run and exercise so I am fit and wear a mask all the time.”
Rohan Kini began Bums on the Saddle, a biking firm, as a result of he too is a biking fanatic. “Bangalore is a good city to cycle in because the weather is great.” He agrees that biking has elevated over time. “I have been cycling for 12 years. People are now more aware they need to be safe. We go to companies to raise awareness on cycling to work. A lot of companies are supporting it now.” He says the first motive for biking is that it’s quite a lot of enjoyable. “You end up taking smaller and faster routes. Once you start enjoying it, everything else falls in place. A good bike costs about ₹1 lakh or ₹2 lakhs, the most expensive bike we have sold is ₹10 lakhs. But people recover the cost. If you are on a good product 20 kilometres is not really that big a deal.”