Pollution levels in most Indian metropolitan cities are among the highest in the world. Traffic speeds in those cities, not surprisingly, are under 20 km/hr on an average. One could almost say you could bike to work faster. No, you really could! We’re now giving you the added option of doing it while reducing the carbon footprint of your city.

As part of a pilot, we’ve tied up with leading technology-driven mobility platform Yulu to provide users the option to ride e-bikes and bicycles in Bengaluru. These e-bikes can clock a speed of 25 km/hr (yes, faster than your average traffic speed), and users don’t even require a licence to ride one of these.

Using IoT as the backbone of the operation, these dockless bicycles can be rented seamlessly on a pay-per-use basis. Cities in India are seeing traffic get more clogged by the minute, and these micro-mobility options would go a long way in reducing traffic snarls, saving time for the riders, and reducing carbon emissions. Add to it the pleasant weather of Bengaluru, and traveling to and from the urban centers and metro stations just got a whole lot faster. Through this tie-up, Uber riders can now book e-bikes and bicycles in just a few taps.

The Yulu e-bikes can be unlocked with QR codes on your device, thereby enabling easy pick up and return throughout the urban centers of Bengaluru. What’s more is that the first three rides are on us, for first time users to experience the convenience of the facility. Along with being environment and traffic friendly, these self-ride e-bikes are also pocket friendly, taking into account the varying needs and budgets of the consumer. We understand that the push towards electrification has to be multi-modal, and the collaboration with Yulu only goes to demonstrate the intent therein.

All that you need to do to hop on to your e-bike or bicycle is tap on the ‘Try Yulu’ option on your Uber app and follow the prompts; few easy steps and you’re done. If you want us to locate you, and for us to locate and unlock your bike for you, don’t forget to give us permission to access your location and camera.