Ok. Although the presentation stated that its about surviving a bicycle commute in Bangalore, that was just to pique your interest. I would like to change it to “How to Enjoy a bicycle commute in Bangalore” My Name is Rohan and I am representing a community of over 600 bikers in the city many of which regularly commute by bicycle.
I want you to commute cause I want a better Bangalore for myself. I want to be able to peacefully ride in the city without all you guys sitting all by yourself in your air conditioned cars whizzing past me spewing out pollution.
average child has a shorter life expectancy than his parents inactivity and obesity are compromising out health global warming is threatening our future congestion is eroding our patience and mobility
The bicycle is extraordinarily efficient in both biological and mechanical terms. It is the most efficient self-powered means of transportation in terms of energy
Save Time - For most city commutes, a bicycle gets you there faster: door to door.Save Your Body - Riding to work helps you get fitter as you go about your daily business. Cycling therefore tends to be a more sustainable route to staying trim than, say, making time to visit the gym.Save Your Brain - The endorphin-enducing ride to work makes you more alert. The ride home helps you wind down.Save the PlanetSave Money - Compared with using public transport or running a car, biking is very cheap. Poll states they save atleast Rs 2000 per month
these are again numbers drawn up by asking the biking community. We have a few real numbers out there of folks who regularly commute on a bicycle. And its astounding that in most cases folks seem to be moving faster on their bicycles . For most city commutes, a bicycle gets you there faster: door to door.
This is to give you an idea of the kind of distances folks commute on a daily basis. Distance, slopes and bad roads are things of the past with a good bicycle. These bicycles take all this in their stride and give a consistent good ride.
Safety on the bicycle is a common question. And the best part is most folks who commute on the bicycle think its safe whereas all the rest think its not ! We recently asked the biking community how safe they felt on their bicycles while commuting. A majority of which were neutral. (The really safe is me :D ) Im sure if you put out a similar survey for motorists the numbers saying that their commute is unsafe is going to be higher than this. The Jist - bicycling is safe. So lets get that excuse out.
These are some issues most bikers deal with
Einstein apparently thought about his famous equation E=mc(2) when he was on a bicycle The wright brothers used to own a bicycle shop and that knowledge played a major role in the first airplane Bush - well. Bush rides a bike :)
Byke Workshop With BBC
<ul>Byke Workshop with the Bangalore Byking Community </ul>
in chests! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We live in interesting times with great technology and... </li></ul></ul>
<ul>Flabulous or Flabless? </ul>Weight-loss programmes? Honey, do I look fat? Love handles? Old Clothes ? Foodie? Age?
<ul>Yogesh... </ul>March 1998: Weigh 85-90 Kilos Chain Smoker(A pack of 20 Marlboros on some days) Dec 31st 1998 : Went cold turkey Stopped smoking – put on weight. Switch form cigarette to sour cream Feb 2003: Weight 101KGs. Wife gets me into a crazy fitness routine/severe diet (only iceberg lettuce, tofu & dal) Jun 2003 : Weight 74kgs Jul/Aug 2008: Move to Bangalore. Fitness schedule gets thrown out of whack. Put on kgs - move up 82kgs Have discovered RFL and BBC since then....life feels normal again :-) It's been eleven years since I quit smoking. I feel like I have tons of stamina now!
<ul>Lose inches not kilos!!! </ul>Nov- 2007(At Atkins) 76kgs Nov 2007(At Atkins * ) 76kgs Apr 2007 97kgs Ramesh Byking for 6 months to work 15kms/day each day! 40" after 6 months it reduced to 34" * Not the weight loss one. Click here to verify! :)
<ul>Burn Fat, Not Oil! </ul>August 2008 97kgs August 2009 76kgs Ashwath Byking to work and running!
Sriram From 106 Kilos as a teenager to an athlete at 78 Kilos training for Endurance Sports!
<ul>Where do I fit in? </ul>Neera 200+ Kilometers! Guess what a long ride means to her? Lavanya Got a Strida to byke despite the distcance to work In no time she got a MTB as well. Meet the real bykers on some real rydes!
<ul>Do 'I' need a high end byke? </ul>Deb Satabdi Recumbent Tryke Courtesy: Vijay Sharma Deb 'learnt' cycling in Dec '08 on a heavy MTB. Satabdi got a Trek 3700 shortly afterwards. They now have a Btwin Rockrider 5.2 in their collection! Both cycle to work daily. Plan to donate their old bike.
<ul>Ignorance sure is Bliss! </ul><ul>Bangalore's lost a whopping 70% of its tree cover in the last 4 decades! The avg temperature has increased by 2 degrees! <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Join Hasiru Usiru to know more... </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Hebbal 2009 Hebbal 2000
<ul>It's not my problem! </ul>Imagine an ambulance amidst this with you and your loved ones. On an average a Bangalorean loses an hour in traffic each day! Check this presentation
Transport Mode share Bangalore While 5600 BMTC buses transport about 40 lakh people daily, 20 lakh cars carry about 25 lakh people! <ul>Lies, damned lies and statistics! </ul>So much for Car Pooling...
<ul>The vicious cycle! </ul>Road Widening Chop Trees Stress Levels Road Space Quality of Public Transport
<ul>Need we say more? </ul>Mass Trasnport Solution
<ul>Your Contribution? </ul>Bihar , Orissa, etc. AILA Aala Re! Not Money, Clothes, Food, Etc! But the Cause!
<ul>Reality Bytes! </ul>Watch the Story of Stuff Ever wondered if/what/how we city dwellers contribute to the farmer suicides?
<ul>A simple and elegant solution </ul>Something as simple and powerful as the pigeon hole principle Paper Towels Save/Plant Trees! Bottled Water? No to meat Paper/Plastic Cups Go Vegetarian Electricity
Save Money </li></ul></ul><ul>5 Good Reasons </ul>I spend my money on Bykes, Burgers, Pizza & Donuts! “ Each morning I wake up torn between the desire to change the world and to enjoy it. One can always enjoy it a little responsiby!”
<ul><ul><li>Bangalore traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 km in 55 mins ( Ravi )
4 km in 15 mins ( Siva ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average: 22kms/hr (any other mode?) </li></ul></ul><ul>The Fast and NOT so Furious! :) </ul>( however fictitious the numbers may look, they are all accurate ) Look at the extensive study here done by Manoj.
Siva does about 8 km </li></ul></ul><ul>How can I cycle so much? </ul>They cycle each day and enjoy it too! (not fictitious, still actuals)
<ul><ul><li>Cardio exercise comes for free – ur heart smiles... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No mental stress – what's that? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You feel good – gr8 actually! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immunity – say good bye to medical bills!
Endorphin inducing ride to work makes you more alert.
Ride home helps you wind down – sleep like a baby! :)
Chuck RSIs / Spondylitis / Arthritis out of ur dictionary! </li></ul></ul><ul>Fat se Fit Fatafat! </ul>http://visorview.blogspot.com/2009/08/office-commute-5-days-5-ways.html Be a cardiac patient or a _possible_ road kill. The choice is ur's!
<ul><ul><li>Cycle Reacts faster to your reflexes.
<ul>Real Issues? </ul><ul><li>Parking </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of respect on the road </li></ul><ul><li>Social mindset towards a person on a bicycle </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of knowledge of what a good bicycle means
No cycle lanes – who needs them anyway? </li></ul>See some of the activities of RAC-F in this area
<ul>Tour of Nilgiris </ul>“ The 900km+ bicycle ride called the Tour oF Nilgiris (TFN) is the longest organised bicycle ride in the country with the highest participation. A quick introduction to the TFN can be found in Wikipedia . Also, visit the site - www.tourofnilgiris.com
<ul>Testimonials </ul><ul>“ Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” - H. G. Wells “ I went from 86 kgs down to 74, plan to loose a few more. Better yet, I totally quit smoking as part of the process” - Vivek “ My doctor asked me to cycle to fix spondylitis. It's fixed now and I m hooked to byking” - Modi “ Personally, since Feb 09 I have gone from 79 kgs to about 70 kgs now, with around 5000 kms of biking. Its been a lot of fun. To me, cycling is probably the easiest and most fun way to shed the extra pounds. The fat just seems to melt....” - Dr. Arvind “ I'v remained at ~ 85 kgs for a long time.... cos i eat acc to my working out and not vice versa :) (Btw, i'm 6' 6", so 85 kg is in the ok range )..... All the pizzas i can eat.... and all the oily stuff that i feel no guilt gulping....... And since i am diabetic..... eating sweet stuff prior to and during a long ride is the only legit way i can eat sweets n chocolates” - Sudheer P “ I am nearing 29 inches waist from a 32. It could be 28 if I can get rid of the rest of the bulge. The other benefit surely is the fact that I don't control my diet(except for the junk food and colas) - and the cholesterol readings are pretty much in control. And BTW, my weight remained same throughout 65-68Kg, and I have to correct my friends who comment that I have lost weight, that I didn't loose weight, but become more fit!” - Jayadeep </ul>
<ul><li>http://bangalorebikersclub.com/ - a cool group to join
http://bicyclesafe.com/ - learn about bike safety
http://www.bikeszone.com/forum/ - a forum to discuss bikes