Namma Cycle in 2012

Namma Cycle left the year 2012 with over 3000 trips covering 4500 km. In the process, it prevented a tonne of CO2 emissions because 300 liters of petrol were not used, saving about 25,000 rupees.   Though the user base is quite small at the moment since over 2000 residents use their own cycles, the […]

Join us in creating the future of mobility

Looking for a space to explore and experiment while you take time off? Make your sabbatical exciting while you co-create a sustainable urban mobility program. The public bicycle sharing system at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is a first step towards our vision of creating a working, sustainable model that can be replicated […]

Intern with Namma Cycle

Namma Cycle is looking for interns interested in understanding the nuances of designing and creating public utilities, specifically in the area of Urban Mobility. It is also an opportunity to explore various frameworks such as social enterprise, co-operatives, self-help groups, etc. to build such systems. Join us on an adventure called Public Bicycle Sharing that […]

Bicycle for Biodiversity

Of all the developmental issues that are discussed at various events, seminars and competitions, the one aspect that actually brings people to such events  – Mobility – is often the most neglected. IISc was the venue for the 2nd Indian Bio Diversity Congress (IBC) held in Bangalore from 9th December to 11th December 2012 and […]

Santa’s gift to our node managers

Our Node Managers got an early Christmas present when they got the Android version of EcBike (pronounced “Easy Bike”) on their Samsung Chat mobile phones. EcBike is NammaCycle’s software system that supports the processes behind public bicycle sharing. Deepak Shivamurthy, a good friend of Murali, became our Santa Claus as he developed a neat Android […]

Less is more

How often do we get to see people asking you to increase the fare? Also, how do we get people to accept the idea of unlimited free rides (for short rides)? The idea of first few minutes of usage being free is not new as most telecom companies employ a similar strategy. However, at Namma […]

A slice of Copenhagen in Bangalore

Yesterday, we were happy to share our cycle, and our philosophy of cycle sharing, with a guest from Copenhagen. Copenhagen happens to be one of our inspirations for making our towns and cities cycle friendly, so, we were naturally excited. Henrik Valeur, architect-urbanist, critic, curator, thinker and writer, came to IISc to check out Namma […]

The advantages of a simple, flexible system

When we planned 5 stations for phase 1, we wanted to strike a balance between reaching out to the outermost areas of IISc as well as serve locations where movement of people is high. In the last 2 weeks of operation, we saw that one of the stations hardly saw any usage and so, based […]

Agile in action @ Namma Cycle

The past 2 weeks at the lovely campus at IISc has seen another reason to go green and healthy. The much talked about bicycle sharing system – Namma Cycle – was finally launched on 6th August. Ever since, we have seen excitement, mayhem and a lot of encouragement from volunteers (thanks Roshan and Shyamala for […]