Quick Ride, the biggest bike pooling/carpooling platform in the city, today announced the country’s first carpooling Awards in an effort to recognize and appreciate the corporates and people who have promoted carpooling to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in Bangalore. 

The event also witnessed a panel discussion on “Effective Ways to Solve Traffic Congestion and Carpooling” participated by some of the city’s prominent stakeholders including Revathy Ashok, CEO and Managing Trustee, BPAC, RK Mishra- Non Resident Scholar (Carnegie India) and Founder-Yulu Bikes, Rama Devi, CEO-ELCIA, Dhanya Shetty-Manager, Wipro amongst others. The event was graced by the Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Bengaluru Mr. P. Harishekharan who gave away the awards with the Quick Ride Senior Management.

From Left to Right_ Pawan Mulukutla (Urban Mobility Head-Robert Bosch), RK Mishra, Rama Devi, Revathi Ashok, Dhanya Shetty, Sikandar Mohammed (Senior Editor-DC) and Vivek-Commuter
From Left to Right_ Pawan Mulukutla (Urban Mobility Head-Robert Bosch), RK Mishra, Rama Devi, Revathi Ashok, Dhanya Shetty, Sikandar Mohammed (Senior Editor-DC) and Vivek-Commuter

Since launching the Quick Ride app in 2015, the carpooling application has grown in leaps and bounds. The growth of carpooling culture in Bengaluru along with other cities across India has led to over one Million users making Quick Ride their app of choice for daily commuting. The event was organised to also showcase this growth of carpool culture and was attended by carpoolers, corporates, tech parks and community groups that have recognized the need for and adopted carpooling in our cities.

Additional Commissioner of Police-Traffic Harishekaran, IPS pledging his support to Quick Ride
Additional Commissioner of Police-Traffic Harishekaran, IPS pledging his support to Quick Ride

Till date, Quick Ride has partnered in over 6 million plus rides and has over 4 lakh users in Bengaluru alone. These users are from across 8,750 enterprises that dot the city. With over 70 lakh vehicles plying across the city, carpooling is the need of the hour. Quick Ride plans to drastically change the equation by reducing over 2 lakh vehicles across the city every day. Carpooling also has the added benefit of helping people network with like minded professionals. There are many stories of carpooling buddies who are now fast friends!

KNM Rao, Founder Quick Ride with Pawan Mulukutla (Robert Bosch), RK Mishra and Rama Devi
KNM Rao, Founder Quick Ride with Pawan Mulukutla (Robert Bosch), RK Mishra and Rama Devi

Sharing this views on the issue, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara shared, “I remember the good old days when the Garden City was known for the fresh air, fast moving traffic and relaxed lifestyle. We’ve grown in recent years towards a much dynamic city. While on one hand it has brought prosperity and increased the job opportunities for common people, on the other hand it has caused the growth of traffic and congestion on roads. In the last 18 years the population of city has nearly doubled from 55 lacs to over 1.1 crore.”

Dr. G. Parameshwara further added, “As per reports, carpooling has helped in reducing over 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide and has cut down over thirty thousand vehicles from roads every day. Carpooling also ensures that there is a social interaction between the commuters thereby reducing the stress on them. A reduction in vehicles on the streets means a reduction in money spent on fuel. With the cost of importing crude oil going higher it makes perfect sense for us to cut down our reliance on fossil fuels.”

Founder of Quick Ride, KNM Rao said, “Carpooling is a well known practice and we have been able to expand our reach with able support from Corporates and individuals. We are running specially designed GO-GREEN carpool awareness campaigns across enterprises and tech parks to build the culture of carpooling. With over 15000 carpoolers who completed 100 plus carpools in Bengaluru alone is a validation that carpooling has been adopted well by users. We are on a mission to remove 1 million vehicles everyday from roads in India by end of 2020. Today’s event is a way of celebrating the success of carpooling by honouring the top carpoolers and corporates who are driving this initiative.”

Shobhana BN, Co-Founder of Quick Ride said, “Traditionally carpooling didn’t take off as it required manual coordination. Quick Ride automates the carpool process and makes daily commuting by carpooling feasible by bringing together a large network of professionals to come together to carpool and to share fuel expenses. Enabling the traditional form of carpooling with technological intervention, we have ensured that joining the ride by seekers has been without any human intervention.”

Vikash Singh, Vice President (Marketing & Operations),Quick Ride shared, “Unlike taxi services which adds vehicles on the road, Quick Ride uses the empty seats in existing commuting vehicles to enable carpooling. This is how we have been able to decongest the roads. Bangalore has been a case in point where we have scaled up in recent months to enable 30,000 plus rides everyday, thereby reducing over 30,000 vehicles from city roads. In one of the largest tech parks, Manyata Tech Park, alone, our efforts have helped reduce more than 4000 vehicles. Thanks to the carpooling initiative.”

Quick Ride’s users have been a constant source of strength and have been appreciative of its efforts. Gowri K of Wipro says, “Quickride is very useful for my daily commuting with carpooling. It is very safe for women. Many of my colleagues use this App. It also provides a good networking opportunity.”  Another user Pravir Bagrodia say “Nowadays i use my car only once or twice in a week. I carpool with other ride givers on other days. This ensures i do not strain myself driving everyday.

Gaurav Naik of Cognizant says, “I have been using Quick Ride for last 3 years every day. I have postponed my decision of buying a new car and have been using the carpool to commute to office.”

While on one hand carpooling has been instrumental in decongesting city roads and reducing pollution, it has also ensured in an era of ever rising fuel prices that commuters are spared the pinch in their monthly budget. Quick ride truly has been a boon for commuters for multiplicity of reasons.

About Quick Ride :

Founded in 2014 by 3 former senior employees of Huawei Technologies, Quick Ride was started with a vision to “Make commuting easy by building largest social transportation network” by developing a solution which is unique to solve the pain points of every commuter.

Quick Ride is an application, accessible from mobile and brings a variety of riding options to one window including Carpooling, Taxi, Auto, Shared Taxi or any other vehicle available in the network.

Quick Ride has tirelessly worked on building the carpooling network by working closely with the top corporates and developers in the country. It has partnered with enterprises like Wipro, Infosys, IBM, TCS, Cognizant, Philips, Nokia, EMC, Ericsson, and others including major Tech Parks like Manyata, Prestige amongst others helping them improve vehicle movement by reducing number of vehicles that their employees use. With a strong presence in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Kochi and recent launches in Delhi-NCR and Mumbai, Quick Ride is truly championing the cause of carpooling nationally.