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  • 15-06-20
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With the pandemic, the downfall of the economy and the over-burdening of health care systems, it is easy for us to forget the environmental threats we are facing. Increased pollution across the country has led to a drastic rise in temperatures and depletion of the ozone layer. This will have a long-term effect on our health and it’ll soon become impossible to survive. It is necessary that we start curbing the problem of vehicular pollution by taking necessary steps. It is time we give the environment a break from exploitation and think of smart and sustainable solutions to run the world.

Too many cars on the road

Gone are the days when owning a vehicle was seen as luxury. With a rise in income levels, almost everyone can now own a car of their own. This has led to a drastic increase in the number of cars on the road contributing to a rise in pollution levels. As of today, there are over 30 million cars on Indian roads. This not only effects the pollution levels but is also a cause of constant traffic and congestion while traveling. A car ride cannot be seen as peaceful anymore since getting stuck in traffic is almost inevitable.

Are bikes the right solution?

Although it is true that bikes contribute comparatively less to air pollution, this argument is a little flawed. When we weigh one car and one bike against each other, cars definitely release more harmful smoke. But when compared to cars, the number of bikes on the road is almost triple. If we consider middle class families across the country, most of them own a bike ‘in addition to a car’ and not ‘instead of a car’. This makes matters more worse instead of making the environment situation better.

Will older alternatives work?

Public transport, car pooling and ride sharing were seen as the ideal alternatives to owning private vehicles and reducing pollution. However, in the post COVID-19 era, the idea of traveling with strangers or in jam-packed public transport buses will seem dreadful. Since we may have to live with the virus for a long time, practicing the concept of social distancing will become a necessity. Things may get worse since people would want to travel by their own vehicles in order to feel safe. This may further increase the number of vehicles on the road. Although this seems ideal to tackle the pandemic, its effects on the environment would be more drastic than ever.

Well, what do we do then?

The dream of a green future while also tackling a pandemic can be achieved if people focus more on renting/leasing a bike rather than owning one. This way the same bike is being used by different individuals at different times while not contributing to an overall increase in the number of vehicles on the road. Many such leasing solutions have been introduced in the country allowing people to opt for such services. It is necessary now more than ever that people opt for such smart solutions for the environment to stand a chance of getting better. By making a choice of shifting to bike leasing over ownership, one is contributing to a more sustainable future.

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