Traffic Calming Strategies to Improve Pedestrian Safety in India

CUTS International, Jaipur and the Department of Technology and Society (DTS), Lund University, Sweden under the project ‘Traffic Calming Strategies to Improve Pedestrian Safety in India’ implemented in partnership with Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and in collaboration with Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi is organising regional dissemination meetings at four metropolitan cities of India as per the schedule mentioned below. The meetings will start at 9.30 am and concludes by 2.00 pm.

S.NO Date Place Venue Local Partner
1 01 October Jaipur Hotel Jaipur Palace
2 06 October Bangalore Golden Jubilee Seminar Hall, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IISc, Bangalore Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
3 08 October Mumbai All India Institute of Local Self Government, Andheri (W) Mumbai Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP), Mumbai
4 10 October Kolkatta Hotel Floatel (9/10 Kolkata Jetty Strand Road Kolkata 700001) Calcutta Resource Centre & Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, Kolkata
5 28 October Delhi Jacaranda Hall (II), India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The pilot project was started in year November 2007 selecting 24 accidental sites of Jaipur based on the accidents occurred and recorded in FIR for the year 2006. Each site was video recorded along with manual observation for 26 hours. Then these recordings were used to judge and verify the behavioural studies, counts, situation etc. to identified problems from the pedestrians’ perspective based on “Conflict Technique”. The technique identified the appropriate solutions to be an effective and inexpensive measure in reducing the intensity of conflicts in Indian scenario and also can be replicated on Jaipur roads. Suggestions emerged from the study was submitted to Jaipur Development Authority and Jaipur Traffic Police for their needful.

The meeting aims to disseminate the key findings (flaws in road geometry affecting pedestrians) of two years research studies conducted on accident-prone sites of Jaipur city and for getting responses and opinions from relevant stakeholders, which can be used all over the county. The responses will be documented in the form of a Manual, which will be first of its kind including recommendations on remedial traffic calming strategies to be utilized by policy makers, primarily from the Department of Police, Transport, Municipal Corporation, Development Authority and Public Works. Incorporating the responses received in regional meetings in the said manual will be shared with national level policy makers, researchers and institutions at Delhi on 28th October 2009.

Apart from representative from educational institutions and departments engaged in construction, planning and execution of road & traffic policy/plans etc. are also expected to join the dissemination meeting to share their opinion on the findings presented in the meetings.