We all know how difficult it is being a student. You are drowning in assignments, mid terms, presentations you name it; you are always short on time and cash, all the universal perks of student life. It is the time of life when you are sleepy, hungry, lazy and all these factors combine crush your paltry motivation to ground. First getting out of bed in the morning for 8:30 am class is something like fighting a super war within yourself. And then, if you are a student of a university like UET, NUST, NED etc. with huge campuses spread across acres, long walks from one department to another under the sweltering sun? AWFUL! If you are a student reading this, you can relate how it all amalgamates at times toward thoughts of joining unskilled labor force and just skipping the studies. But then a voice from inside convinces you that why this ordeal is necessary. To take the intra-campus travelling part out of this equation, especially in hot blazing days of summer, students from NUST and NED came up with a brilliant concept but with different names, Cykiq and CycleYaari.
Some amazing young fellows from NUST Islamabad campus, in order to combat the woes of every student, introduced Pakistan’s first ever cycle transport system known as Cykiq. Cykiq’s CEO Hamza Afridi, along with his brilliant team members, Anas Shehzad, Ammara Tariq and Senam Khan launched Cykiq on May 10, 2017. It all works with Cykiq’s very own official app, where you book your bike and ride whenever you want to. You can rent the bikes on a daily,weekly or monthly basis. Docking stations are placed strategically over the university from where students can either issue their bikes or lock them in.
Cykiq even partnered with Pakistan Children Heart Foundation and took an active part in their “Hole in the Heart” Bicycling Ride Event which was held in Lahore. Apart from that, Cykiq also provides learning opportunities for those who can not ride a bike. Over all it is an amazing and quite engaging concept.
Cykiq In Glimpses
While Cykiq is Islamabad based, another commendable cycling venture got launched in Karachi, known as CycleYaari. On 14th August 2015, a Chemical Engineer Graduate of NED University, Kanza Batool Haider, introduced the university with CycleYaari. The business began with 3 cycles and now currently operates with more than 20 cycles, allowing the students to rent them on a daily, weekly and monthly basis for Rs 100, Rs 250 and Rs 600 respectively.
To further introduce and promote Cycling culture in NED, events were organized; Tour De NED ’15 and ’16, Slackathon, Techlogix and many more. CycleYaari also facilitates organizations with the recreational opportunities to bike on campus. It further aims to create parking stations around the campus and incorporate technology into the startup.
CycleYaari In Glimpses
Needless to say, both Cykiq and CycleYaari have been extremely efficient in promoting a healthy environment. The introduction of cycles, within the campus, helped students face considerable convenience when it came to time management. Before, they had to spend a good amount of their time shuffling on foot, from one department to another. This was very tiring for the students, because a long walk in the heat after a lecture is not really appealing. With cycles, all the stress came to an end as the students can now enjoy a refreshing ride to their departments within a short time. Apart from that students can finally get some exercises done, all the while having a good time riding along with their mates! Most importantly, the concept is environmentally friendly. Obviously, cycles do not produce any harmful emissions, which have greatly reduced pollution on campus. This is very encouraging as students can learn from this experience and actually consider using bicycles off-campus.
Cykiq and CycleYaari have done a brilliant job in initiating the cycling culture within Pakistan. Hopefully, other universities adopt similar methods for their students as well.
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