Happy Feet for Mumbai!!

Last month there was a news article which brought out one of the most neglected areas of urban planning – Pedestrianization. I was very relieved to read that local authorities in partnership with an NYC agency are working on the redesigning of the streets in Mumbai in order to address the issue of safety of pedestrians and also with a view to improve their overall experience. Read Complete article

Earlier this year, I was motivated to do an independent research on this subject. I obtained an initial; idea from the senior consultants at UDRI in Mumbai which has been discussing this subject with the local civic authorities.

Isha bhatnagar

Last month there was a news article which brought out one of the most neglected areas of urban planning – Pedestrianization. I was very relieved to read that local authorities in partnership with an NYC agency are working on the redesigning of the streets in Mumbai in order to address the issue of safety of pedestrians and also with a view to improve their overall experience. Read Complete article

Earlier this year, I was motivated to do an independent research on this subject. I obtained an initial; idea from the senior consultants at UDRI in Mumbai which has been discussing this subject with the local civic authorities.

During my research I was startled by the statistics that at 52% Pedestrians, as reported by Mumbai Police, were the single highest category of Mumbaiites dying in road accidents. The reason this becomes more critical is simple because as many as 44% walk some distance to work. For a city such as Mumbai where the workforce is expected to increase to 6.4 million people working in offices, it is critical that our city planners take note of making pedestrian friendly streets.

 

Isha Bhatnagar
Isha Bhatnagar

The research proposed a framework and the stakeholders who ,must be engaged in putting together a more safe and pedestrian-friendly city. I referred to an ADB study covering the issue of walkability in Asian cities. The report provided the results of a survey which showed that the 3 top priorities for pedestrians are : wider, level and clean sidewalks; removal of obstacles / cars from footpaths and improved street lighting.

Isha Bhatnagar
Isha Bhatnagar
Isha Bhatnagar

Multiple Line Metro Rail project which is expected to become operational by 2022 is one of the most ambitious infrastructure investment. The study provided a micro case study of Cuffe Parade terminal station with respect to street design. It is pertinent for the Metro planners to consider the station design in terms of exit points and the way the commuters will use a multi-modal approach to reach their destination. For example, Cuffe Parade station has made a provision for 4 exits but the location indicates that two of these would open on the main road with moving traffic of cars and other vehicles. This could make these exit points under utilized and hence increase the congestion on the other two.

A comprehensive checklist in the report provides elements that are necessary to improve the experience of pedestrians in Mumbai. Clearly, they cannot be left unattended. To read an abridged version of the report, please click here: Pedestrianization in Mumbai

Few relevant articles about Pedestrianization in Mumbai from Mumbai Mirror are:-

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