Over 150,000 deaths in traffic crashes occur every year in India imposing huge social and financial costs, particularly in low- and middle-income households. Nearly half of these fatalities, occurring in cities or suburban areas, affect the working-age populace the most. Also, children, elderly and the poor are very vulnerable.
Research from WRI Ross Center and the Global Road Safety Facility, World Bank finds that the most effective way to prevent traffic deaths is a systemic approach that shifts responsibility away from the drivers and pedestrians using the roads, and instead puts the onus on city planners and officials designing them. Analysis in 53 countries found that cities that have taken a ‘Safe System’ based approach have achieved both the lowest rates of fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants and the greatest reduction in fatality levels over the past 20 years.
India loses 1.5 lakh lives due to road accidents every year: Here is how most of them can be saved.
It is imperative to look at the urban street design for Indian cities as a trans-disciplinary science that requires the combined expertise of civil engineering, urban design, and traffic engineering. Know more
Streetscaping of 540 km of roads in Delhi: WRI India as knowledge partner is providing technical assistance to the Public Works Department in the redevelopment of all major roads spread across 540 kms of length in the national capital. Know more
Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, with WRI India and Raahgiri Foundation conducted a “Pedestrianisation Trial” in Sadar Bazaar Market Street (and a school zone) to make a busy stretch accessible for pedestrians. A total of six intersections were transformed with paint, seating along with demarcated reserved parking for visitors and shopkeepers. Know more
The Delhi Traffic Police partnered with WRI India to redesign the Delhi Gate junction. A temporary trial of the new design was conducted using paint, barricades, and traffic cones to transform the junction overnight. The trial successfully transformed this junction, making it more inclusive, and vibrant for all road users while also reclaiming nearly 4,500 sq.m of public space. Watch here
More than half of all road-related deaths in Mumbai are that of pedestrians, and over 30% of those deaths occur at intersections. In 2017, WRI India partnered with Mumbai Traffic Police and MCGM to redesign the HP junction. A successful trial using traffic barricades, cones and paint was conducted to test the design. The changes have since been made permanent. Watch here
Raahgiri Day, India's first sustained car‐free event was launched in Gurugram in 2013. WRI India along with other partners has been at the forefront in conceptualizing, planning, and organizing Raahgiri days through these years. An open street event, Raahgiri Day allows people to reclaim their streets for safer roads, cleaner air, increased physical activity, and community building. Read More
“WRI India has been supporting Delhi Government with technical advisory for various projects such as redevelopment of 540 kms of city roads, Chandni Chowk Pedestrianization Project etc. The State Government will continue to strive towards the goal of making Delhi roads safer, accessible and inclusive for everyone,”
- Kailash Gahlot, Minister (Transport), Govt. of NCT Of Delhi at Connect Karo 2021 - WRI India's annual flagship event.
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According to a WRI India analysis (based on Bengaluru Traffic Police Data), pedestrians account for 37% of all road traffic fatalities between 2017-2020. Almost 50% of pedestrian deaths occur on the city’s major arterial road network and 64% near the intersections. At the ‘Enabling Safer Streets for Bengaluru’ session at WRI India’s flagship event ‘Connect Karo 2021’, city stakeholders discussed key aspects to make Bengaluru’s streets safer for all road users. Watch here
“A majority of the people in Urban India walk or use public transport, yet, we design streets only for cars. We need to build streets that prioritize PEOPLE by DESIGN. This is the decisive decade to fight climate change. This is also the opportunity to humanize our cities. Our cities need to raise ambition,” says Madhav Pai, Executive Director, WRI India Ross Center. Watch here