Relief Riders

Emergency delivery of supplies on bicycles, to the elderly

Now in 12 cities

100% virus free deliveries

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The Bengaluru Relief Riders program is an initiative started by #CycleToWork ambassadors an many interested cyclists across the city of Bengaluru under the Bicycle Mayor of Bengaluru.

Relief Riders are bicyclists who have volunteered to support the elderly in their local communities. The Elderly or/and their friends, relatives and well-wishers can coordinate directly with our relief riders to get essentials (groceries, milk, medicines) delivered home. In cases involving physical/ cognitive disabilities, our riders can also check up on them physically. A Relief Rider is a friend in need for the elderly in our local communities.


Contact the numbers for your city. All volunteers will wear masks, use sanitisers and keep safe distance from you. If they need to get into apartments please ensure you can make relevant arrangements for them to leave it outside with security where available.
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We are working with Elders Helpline 1090

Code & Map by Chintan Sheth and Pavan Kumar Kaushik.
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Why Relief RIders?

The bicycle has quintessentially been a symbol of freedom and happiness. At a time when human beings are prohibited from any social contact, cyclists in Bengaluru are taking to our two wheels to provide a ray of hope and happiness to those who are most vulnerable.

COVID - 19 is the 21st Century's largest pandemic the world is facing. The crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has now pushed us into a complete lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. While most of us are coping with this unprecedented situation in the best way we know how, not all of us are lucky enough to self-sustain. COVID-19 has proved particularly fatal to the elderly in any populace. According to a report of the WHO-China Joint Mission, the death rate of 60+ year olds of all the COVID-19 cases is ~25%, which makes the most vulnerable population. It is hence imperative for us to ensure that the aged in our local communities are quarantined safely. This means ensuring they are supplied with essentials, including groceries and medical supplies and checking on them to ensure they have the help they need – even when they don’t know how to ask for it. This is what Bengaluru Relief Riders aims to do.


*This website or the associated organisation takes no liability for the services offered by the volunteers. Their ability to help you will depend on police permissions in the area to move around.

Open Letter to the government

Open Letter _ Bicycle Lanes during lockdown.pdf

#ReliefRiders in the Media

April 2021 2nd Wave

March 2020 1st Wave

#ReliefRiders in Times Of India - 5 April 2020
#Reliefriders on Fever 104FM Bengaluru - 10 April 2020
#Reliefriders on RedFM Bengaluru - 7 April 2020
#Reliefriders on AIR Mangaluru - 23 April 2020
#ReliefRiders on RadioActive Bengaluru - 24 April 2020
#ReliefRiders in action by TNIE - 17 April 2020
#ReliefRiders in action by AFP
#ReliefRiders in IndianExpress - 17 April 2020
#ReliefRiders in News 9 - 6 April 2020
#ReliefRIders and Call to action in the Deccan Herald - 19 April 2020
Call to Action TOI - 19 April 2020
#ReliefRiders Letter to the editor in The Hans India - 19 April 2020#ReliefRiders Letter to the editor in the Sentinel Assam - https://www.sentinelassam.com/editorial/distribution-of-essentials-with-bicycles/
#ReliefRiders Letter to the editor in The Khaleej Times, UAE - 20 April 2020