Bicycles are the most common mode of transport within IISc among students. I hope this will not change with the increased scholarship money :-)
The student council had organized an excellent initiative on common cycles. Yesterday, CISTUP organized a cycle jatha, where (among other things) the advantages of cycling was discussed. One of our alumni, who is currently a professor at Bangalore university, has fabricated several kinds of bicycles (when he was in IISc) and writes about his experience. He mentions how a office attendant (a kindly soul) sidled up to him and whispered that it would do no good for his maryada (loosely translated into English as ‘self respect’) to be found cycling. I solved this problem by buying my bicycle from an office attendant, when he bought a car !
With the near completion of the perimeter road and the near unanimous support of all chairman (at least at the meeting) for restricting motorized vehicular traffic to just the arterial roads, I hope that many will start using bicycles and encourage the student council's initiative.