New research has found that cyclists between the ages of 50 to 83 experienced cognitive and mental health benefits from riding a cycle, whether it was electrically assisted or pedal powered.

Cycle Boom tried to understand cycling among the older population and how this affected independence, health and wellbeing, with the purpose of designing an environment to help people continue to cycle in old age or to reconnect with cycling.
The study lasted 8 weeks and tested elderly riders at least 3 times a week on executive functions as well as processing speed, before and after a 30-minute ride.

Surprisingly, researchers found that the e-cycle riders had an even greater improvement in brain function and mental well being than pedal cycle riders.

It was reported that e-cycle riders spent 28% of the time in eco mode and 15% with the motor off.
The wider implication is that e-cycles have a hugely important role to play in keeping elderly populations healthy, not just physically but mentally. It comes at a time when the elderly are increasing as a percentage of the overall population in many societies.

Lead researcher Dr Louise-Ann Leyland commented: “It is really encouraging that this research suggests older adults’ cognitive function could be improved by cycling in the natural/urban environment, even when that was on an electrically assisted cycle.”

In Auroville, we are blessed with an extensive network of well-maintained cycle paths, separate from the main roadways. Could we increase the elderly’s confidence and security by creating a cycle path all the way to Kuylapalayam? Or even to Pondicherry? Would it help reduce motorized traffic?




Why switch to electric?

Are you happily going about your life, zipping around on your motorcycle? Do you wonder why you should change your mobility habits? Did you have an electric vehicle before, and did you go back to petrol because it was too much trouble?   More….

Why switch to electric?

E-cycle prices are going down, petrol price is going up

A good quality, high performance pedal assist/full throttle e-cycle costs 45,000 rs. Compared to a baseline petrol scooter, it may seem high, but the petrol money you save will buy a new battery in 1 year!  In 3 years, you will save enough to buy an entirely new e-cycle.

New long-life batteries are coming on the market

Lithium-ion batteries for cycles can be recharged at any time, so you never get stranded. You just take the battery out of the cycle and charge it on any normal outlet when you get home. You never need to empty the battery before you recharge.

Conversion kits are better than existing Indian e-cycles

Kinisi found an excellent electric conversion kit :

  • 250W hub motor
  • fantastic battery 10Ah, 48V
  • speed up to 25 km/h
  • autonomy up to 30 km, more if pedalling with assist
  • full charge in 3.5 hours from empty (usually 2 hours)
  • very bright LED headlights and rear brake light
  • electric horn.

Kinisi can fit this kit on almost any existing cycle and transform your life!

With this kit, your cycle becomes a moped whenever you want.

Better expert service and maintenance for e-vehicles

In case of problem with your e-cycle, you can come to Kinisi.  We are at C.S.R. in the blue and yellow building.

All the arguments against electric transport are being addressed one by one, through technological advances and thanks to the goodwill of Aurovilians who understand the importance of moving towards smart transportation for the City of the Future.

Kinisi In-kind Mobility (KIM)

To date, we dedicated 18 e-cycles and we received a private donation for another 17 e-cycles for KIM, for a total of 35 e-cycles.

Kavita, member of KIM and YouthLinkThe KIM scheme is very successful and there is a waiting list.

How does KIM work?

Aurovilians can become members of KIM by contributing a reasonable Rs.850/month to the scheme. In exchange for this contribution, Kinisi provides members with:

  • a completely equipped e-cycle for personal use. This includes the battery, battery charger, battery controller, number lock, front and rear lights, mudguards, front basket or saddlebag.
  • a free monthly check-up and maintenance session, free spare parts and full battery replacement when necessary (usually 3-5 years, depending on usage);
  • maintenance tips on how to take good care of the e-cycle and battery.
The contribution covers the cost of monthly maintenance, spare parts, battery replacement after 3 years and full cycle replacement after 7 years, making the scheme a completely hassle-free way for Aurovilians to switch to non- polluting transport while inside Auroville.
The-cycle remains the property of Auroville, and is returned to the KIM fleet if the member doesn’t comply with the membership terms. Each e-cycle is provided for the member’s personal use and he/she must treat it well so that it remains an asset for the common good.

Future Plans

Due to the success of this KIM scheme, we aim to increase to 50 the number of e-cycles available to Aurovilians before February 28, 2019.

In order to attain this goal, we need help to purchase another 15 e-cycles. We hope that you will appreciate this initiative and will feel moved to help it along with a donation (even a small one will be helpful) to support sustainable mobility for all in Auroville.



If you want to help us increase the number of available e-cycles in Auroville, please transfer any amount to the following account and mention AUROVILLE SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY.


Bank branch : Auroville INTL Township Branch

Bank address : Auroville INTL Township Branch, Auroville

Account number : 10237876698


Account type : Current Account (compte courant)

IFSC code : SBIN0003160 (for donations from India)

SWIFT code: SBININBB474 (for donations from abroad)

Thank you in advance for your generosity !

Indirect Emission Myths Revisited

Electric vehicles (EVs)  produce indirect emissions through the production of electricity to charge the batteries.
This is true, but when calculating the “well to wheels” efficiency of conventional scooters, we discover that they are less than half as efficient as electric scooters, even after taking into account the production of electricity to power the batteries. More…


Ecological Impacts of Conventional vs. Electric Mobility

In order to understand the ecological impacts of petrol vs. electric mobility, we analyzed the results of several studies that reveal a complex mix of ecological impacts on human health, environment, and natural resources. They consider many factors, such as global warming potential, toxic emissions, smog formation, land use, damage to water systems, demand for non-renewable energy. More…


Save Money, Go Electric!

This is a cost comparison between a TVS XL worth Rs. 27,000 and an Electric Bicycle worth Rs. 45,000 over a period of 6 years. You will see how much money you can save by switching to electric transport, even though the electric bicycle costs more initially. More……………



The Joy of Riding

In 2007, in Switzerland, our employer offered us an e-cycle at a reduced price. The company was trying to reduce its carbon footprint by getting us to cycle to work rather than drive. I seized the opportunity!  Suddenly, I was able to go down to Lake Geneva for swimming without being discouraged in advance by the steep incline back home, and I started to exercise much more…