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Pedestrian Woes

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Presentation made by Parisar at the Symbiosis School of Economics hosted National Conference on Urban Planning and Policy - Feb 17, 2011

Presentation made by Parisar at the Symbiosis School of Economics hosted National Conference on Urban Planning and Policy - Feb 17, 2011

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  • 1. Traffic and Pedestrian Woes or How to Create a Great City? Parisar presentation at the National Conference on Urban Planning and Policy Symbiosis School of Economics Pune 17 February 2011
  • 2. Does creating icons make a city “livable”?Human Scale - Chaotic Human Scale - Planned
  • 3. How a city ought not to be!
  • 4. Thoughts on a City• Our purpose in founding the city was not to make any one class in it surpassingly happy, but to make the city as a whole as happy as possible. -- Socrates• Oh, a day in the city-square, there is no such pleasure in life! -- Robert Browning• In a quality city, a person should be able to live their entire life without a car, and not feel deprived. -- Paul Bedford
  • 5. Thoughts on a City• Planning of the automobile city focuses on saving time. Planning for the accessible city, on the other hand, focuses on time well spent. -- Robert Cervero• The point of cities is multiplicity of choice. -- Jane Jacobs
  • 6. Thoughts on a City• For all its flexibility, the car is not the best possible way to get to or move around in very busy places.” --Henry Ford• Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf. -- Lewis Mumford
  • 7. • Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. --H.G. Wells• God made us walking animals—pedestrians. As a fish needs to swim, a bird to fly, a deer to run, we need to walk, not in order to survive, but to be happy. -- Enrique Penalosa
  • 8. New YorkCityBold StepsCreatingPublicSpaces
  • 9. New York CityCar Oriented - - - > People Oriented
  • 10. We have street life.Do we want topreserve it or get ridof it?
  • 11. National Urban Transport Policy Non-Motorized Equitable Transport is allocation of road environmentally space - focus on friendly and must people rather than be given their due vehicles share Features such as Have to address safe bicycle safety concerns of parking, shade, pedestrians and landscaping, cyclists drinking & resting stations needed
  • 12. We don’t need wider roads. We need to use the right mode!
  • 13. NUTP – Challenges Lack of safe Badly designedcrossing at busy pedestrian paths intersections and cycle tracks Encroachments
  • 14. NUTP – Prescriptions Designs based Strict on open enforcement debate with with public experts and participation users Area Plans in Explore Public congested Bicycle areas with Systems exclusive zones for NMT
  • 15. Comprehensive Mobility Plan (draft) Goals for Pune - 2030 Other Motorized 10% Target Trips by Mode Non-Motorized 50% Public Transport 40%
  • 16. Walkability is much more than just footpathsResults of a Walkability Survey conducted by Parisar.
  • 17. “World Class” city vs. Pune• High quality bus stops – • Poor quality bus stops – Pedestrians have plenty of block pedestrian path space
  • 18. • Hoardings do not block • Hoarding block pedestrians pedestrians
  • 19. • Signages – out of pedestrian • Signages – pedestrians pathway forced to duck
  • 20. • Electric boxes (and other • Electric boxes – block entire utilities) in green space footpath
  • 21. • Garbage bins on the side • Dumper on the footpath
  • 22. • Trees – providing shade • Trees – block footpath – footpath too narrow!
  • 23. • Greenery - trimmed • Greenery – out of control
  • 24. • Pedestrian crossing – easy, • Pedestrian crossings – simple, no conflict with difficult, no pedestrian traffic signals, no refuge
  • 25. • Pedestrians have plenty of • Pedestrian squeezed space
  • 26. • No pedestrians on the • Pedestrians on the road – motor carriageway accidents likely
  • 27. • Pleasant walking environment – patterned • Footpaths in disrepair walkways
  • 28. Our standards aredifferent from “their” standards
  • 29. Street Design Guidelines – Worldwide
  • 30. Why?• Lack of Understanding• Vested Interests• Inequity in Society• Our own attitude?• http://bit.ly/pmcgrs
  • 31. RecommendedJan Gehl on Liveable Cities• http://www.economistconferences.co.uk/vide o/creating-tomorrows-liveable-cities/4832Cycling Cities• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rwwxrW HBB8
  • 32. www.parisar.orgranjit@parisar.orgTHANKS

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