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  • Eric Britton
    Aug 23, 2008
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      ] On Behalf Of Walter Hook
      Sent: Friday, 22 August 2008 18:04

      Does anyone have any data on increased bicycle or cycle rickshaw use in
      response to escalating fuel prices?

      Best
      Walter

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      [mailto:sustran-discuss-bounces+whook=itdp.org@...] On Behalf
      Of Dr Adhiraj Joglekar
      Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 1:32 AM
      To: sustran-discuss@...
      Subject: [sustran] Re: Right to walk

      I have followed this thread with interest. Somehow I think we are
      listening to what fits our interest more. The theme has moved away
      from pedestrians to public transport. Fact is that with or without PT,
      pedestrian facilities are a must. Right now they are missing in the
      very cities that talk about BRT and Metros. Its hard to find 500
      meters of footpaths free of obstructions and made to std specifics of
      IRC that recommends 1.5m wide footpaths on both sides as a minimum.
      When Kanthi refers to speed, its because these are reduced due
      unsystematic mix of peds with vehicles. The dividers are also put up
      in illogical manner, more to stop vehicles from plying on wrong side
      (when 2 solid painted lines will suffice in Western nations). They are
      so long that peds are forced to breach them as they seem to do what
      the Berlin wall did. There are no pedetrian refuge's to be seen
      anywhere. The zebra is not respected due to ignorance as well as lack
      of implementing rules. How many road users in India are aware the
      Zebra belongs to pedestrians? Hardly, as they would otherwise have
      reclaimed it, instead they feel obliged if they manage to cross
      safely.

      Sujit has a valid point, we need one city wide vision and an
      operational plan for getting pedestrian facilities. Kanthi has
      clarified this is what she meant by short and long term. I fail to
      understand the push for grand PT initiatives when the fundamentals are
      completely missing?


      Adhiraj

      > Today's Topics:
      >
      > 1. Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting read (Sunny)
      > 2. Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting read
      > (Sujit Patwardhan)
      > 3. Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting read (Sudhir)
      > 4. [NewMobilityCafe] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd:
      > Interesting read (Sujit Patwardhan)
      > 5. Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting read
      > (Kanthi Kannan)
      > 6. Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting read
      > (Carlosfelipe Pardo)
      >
      >
      > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
      >
      > Message: 1
      > Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:26:22 +0700
      > From: Sunny <sksunny@...>
      > Subject: [sustran] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting
      > read
      > To: kanthikannan@...
      > Cc: NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com, sustran-discuss@...
      > Message-ID:
      > <255cf00808202026k719fd933kb12b242d9d3ff1f1@...>
      > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=WINDOWS-1252
      >
      > Dear Kanthi,
      >
      > Thanks a lot for the reference.
      >
      > I am doubtful on how having pedestrian crossings will increase traffic
      > speeds, unless such crossing mean building over-bridges - which take space
      > from the foot-paths and worsen the pain of pedestrians to cross a road.
      The
      > argument is simple "Why should a pedestrian climb up and down a (long)
      > bridge, just for a car to go fast?"
      >
      > Since you belong to the Right to Walk foundation, it would be great if you
      > can lobby for the pedestrians and cyclists and against the FOB it would be
      a
      > great step.
      >
      > Mixing traffic might not be a bad idea unless done in a very fashionable
      > way, see the concept of shared space for more info. There are cases of
      > reduced accidents and better driver behaviour in areas with shared space.
      >
      > Also in terms of pollution, the FOB's use cement and need extra lighting
      > (electricity) which are good contributors for pollution and so are widened
      > roads
      >
      > It will be very useful for the group (and esp. for myself) if you can
      > elaborate on the short term and long term measures that you were talking
      of
      > in Hyderabad.
      >
      > thanks again for the mail and best of luck!
      > cheers
      > sunny
      >
      > Kanthi Kannan wrote:
      >
      > http://www.epa.gov/ies/pdf/india/iesfinal_0405.pdf
      >
      >
      > The study in the link given above is a well documented effort by a US
      agency
      > and an Indian agency about the various facets of pollution control.
      > Throughout the Study one of the major pollution reduction strategies
      > suggested is Separation of Vulnerable Road Users (Provision of Footpath).
      > I quote: "The intermixing of vehicles and pedestrian movements in the
      > absence of footpaths results in reduced speeds and increase in number of
      > accidents. The provision of footpaths and pedestrian crossings and can
      > reduce these conflicts to a great extent and increase the average speed."
      > The statistics given in support of the suggestion is interesting to check.
      >
      > In Hyderabad, the Right to Walk Foundation is trying to check with the
      > Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) as to whether any of these
      > recommendations have been adopted?
      >
      > Needless to say that widened roads are replacing the existing footpaths
      > because the authorities feel that widened roads are the solution for all
      > traffic problems.
      >
      > We definitely need to take a few short term measures and a few long term
      > strategies so that our city does not have the tag of the most polluted
      metro
      > in the country.
      >
      > Kanthi Kannan
      >
      > The Right to Walk Foundation
      > www.right2walk.com
      >
      >
      >
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      > ------------------------------
      >
      > Message: 2
      > Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:48:07 +0530
      > From: "Sujit Patwardhan" <sujitjp@...>
      > Subject: [sustran] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting
      > read
      > To: "Kanthi Kannan" <kanthikannan@...>
      > Cc: NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com, Global 'South' Sustainable
      > Transport <sustran-discuss@...>
      > Message-ID:
      > <4cfd20aa0808202118l4214d496j9b479766d5604328@...>
      > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
      >
      > *
      > in response to Kanthi Kannan's mail*
      >
      > I don't see much difference between short term measures and the long term
      > ones. Basically whether in the short term or long we need:-
      >
      > -- radically improved adequate, efficient and affordable Public Transport
      > -- safe, attractive and adequately wide pedestrian footpaths (not the same
      > as Skywalks)
      > -- safe, comfortable (good surface) and citywide bicycle paths. These need
      > not be exclusive or protected ones on all the streets, ie in congested
      areas
      > sharing the street with motor vehicles should be possible provided traffic
      > calming is introduced and rigidly enforced. City bike scheme like Velib in
      > Paris after thorough planning
      > -- appropriate TDM measures to discourage use of personal auto vehicle use
      > at least during peak hours - the usual options are tighter parking
      control,
      > higher parking charges, congestion charging, auto vehicle-free areas,
      > pollution taxes etc
      >
      > One should avoid talking in terms of short term and long term strategies
      as
      > this gives too wide an option to an administration that isn't really keen
      to
      > do anything for sustainable transportation/new mobility but seems to be
      > pre-programmed to build more and more facilities to reduce the problems
      for
      > the auto vehicles. As a concrete example the Comprehensive Mobility Plan
      for
      > Pune has a Trojan horse in form of a statement "flyovers may be built as
      an
      > interim measure in view of many more people with higher incomes wanting to
      > buy cars". In one of the meetings we asked the consultants if they were
      > "interim" would they be demolished in a couple of years? The answer was of
      > course a very uncomfortable smile (or a smirk)?? !!!!!
      >
      > Rest of the Mobility Plan talks the language of the National Urban
      Transport
      > Policy (which said "People not vehicles" will be at the centre of mobility
      > planning. It also said personal vehicles need to be discouraged and public
      > transport pedestrians and cyclists given a boost).
      >
      > It's time to stop our city bosses from getting away with this kind of
      > sabotage.
      >
      > --
      > Sujit Patwardhan
      > Parisar
      > Pune
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 7:37 AM, Kanthi Kannan
      > <kanthikannan@...>wrote:
      >
      >>
      >> http://www.epa.gov/ies/pdf/india/iesfinal_0405.pdf
      >>
      >>
      >> The study in the link given above is a well documented effort by a US
      >> agency
      >> and an Indian agency about the various facets of pollution control.
      >> Throughout the Study one of the major pollution reduction strategies
      >> suggested is Separation of Vulnerable Road Users (Provision of Footpath).
      >> I quote: "The intermixing of vehicles and pedestrian movements in the
      >> absence of footpaths results in reduced speeds and increase in number of
      >> accidents. The provision of footpaths and pedestrian crossings and can
      >> reduce these conflicts to a great extent and increase the average speed."
      >> The statistics given in support of the suggestion is interesting to
      check.
      >>
      >> In Hyderabad, the Right to Walk Foundation is trying to check with the
      >> Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) as to whether any of these
      >> recommendations have been adopted?
      >>
      >> Needless to say that widened roads are replacing the existing footpaths
      >> because the authorities feel that widened roads are the solution for all
      >> traffic problems.
      >>
      >> We definitely need to take a few short term measures and a few long term
      >> strategies so that our city does not have the tag of the most polluted
      >> metro
      >> in the country.
      >>
      >> Kanthi Kannan
      >>
      >> The Right to Walk Foundation
      >>
      >> www.right2walk.com
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> --------------------------------------------------------
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      >> join the real sustran-discuss and get full membership rights. The
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      >> the
      >> real sustran-discuss (even if the yahoogroups site makes it seem like you
      >> can). Apologies for the confusing arrangement.
      >>
      >> ================================================================
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      >> equitable and sustainable transport with a focus on developing countries
      >> (the 'Global South').
      >>
      >
      >
      >
      > --
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      > Sujit Patwardhan
      > sujitjp@...
      >
      > "Yamuna",
      > ICS Colony,
      > Ganeshkhind Road,
      > Pune 411 007
      > India
      > Tel: +91 20 25537955
      > Cell: +91 98220 26627
      > -----------------------------------------------------
      > Hon. Secretary:
      > Parisar
      > www.parisar.org
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      > Founder Member:
      > PTTF
      > (Pune Traffic & Transportation Forum)
      > www.pttf.net
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      >
      >
      > ------------------------------
      >
      > Message: 3
      > Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:43:37 +0800
      > From: Sudhir <sudhir@...>
      > Subject: [sustran] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting
      > read
      > To: "Sujit Patwardhan" <sujitjp@...>
      > Cc: NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com, Global 'South' Sustainable
      > Transport <sustran-discuss@...>
      > Message-ID:
      > <ef31aa130808202143t1f2454efp9c9e805842fb5451@...>
      > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
      >
      > Dear all,
      >
      >
      >
      > Any argument which brings better pedestrian infrastructure is fine with
      > me. :-) (capacity, congestion .. if it gets the results).
      >
      >
      >
      > 1-2 decades back it was small isolated flyovers and now its elevated
      > roads and in future......
      >
      >
      >
      > (I would dream of best pedestrian and cycle infrastructure integrated with
      > eco-friendly mass transport systems implemented in cities :-))...
      >
      >
      >
      > Cheers
      >
      > Sudhir
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On 21/08/2008, Sujit Patwardhan <sujitjp@...> wrote:
      >
      >> *
      >> in response to Kanthi Kannan's mail*
      >>
      >> I don't see much difference between short term measures and the long term
      >> ones. Basically whether in the short term or long we need:-
      >>
      >> -- radically improved adequate, efficient and affordable Public Transport
      >> -- safe, attractive and adequately wide pedestrian footpaths (not the
      same
      >> as Skywalks)
      >> -- safe, comfortable (good surface) and citywide bicycle paths. These
      need
      >> not be exclusive or protected ones on all the streets, ie in congested
      >> areas
      >> sharing the street with motor vehicles should be possible provided
      traffic
      >> calming is introduced and rigidly enforced. City bike scheme like Velib
      in
      >> Paris after thorough planning
      >> -- appropriate TDM measures to discourage use of personal auto vehicle
      use
      >> at least during peak hours - the usual options are tighter parking
      >> control,
      >> higher parking charges, congestion charging, auto vehicle-free areas,
      >> pollution taxes etc
      >>
      >> One should avoid talking in terms of short term and long term strategies
      >> as
      >> this gives too wide an option to an administration that isn't really keen
      >> to
      >> do anything for sustainable transportation/new mobility but seems to be
      >> pre-programmed to build more and more facilities to reduce the problems
      >> for
      >> the auto vehicles. As a concrete example the Comprehensive Mobility Plan
      >> for
      >> Pune has a Trojan horse in form of a statement "flyovers may be built as
      >> an
      >> interim measure in view of many more people with higher incomes wanting
      to
      >> buy cars". In one of the meetings we asked the consultants if they were
      >> "interim" would they be demolished in a couple of years? The answer was
      of
      >> course a very uncomfortable smile (or a smirk)?? !!!!!
      >>
      >> Rest of the Mobility Plan talks the language of the National Urban
      >> Transport Policy (which said "People not vehicles" will be at the centre
      >> of
      >> mobility planning. It also said personal vehicles need to be discouraged
      >> and
      >> public transport pedestrians and cyclists given a boost).
      >>
      >> It's time to stop our city bosses from getting away with this kind of
      >> sabotage.
      >>
      >> --
      >> Sujit Patwardhan
      >> Parisar
      >> Pune
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 7:37 AM, Kanthi Kannan
      >> <kanthikannan@...>wrote:
      >>
      >>>
      >>> http://www.epa.gov/ies/pdf/india/iesfinal_0405.pdf
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> The study in the link given above is a well documented effort by a US
      >>> agency
      >>> and an Indian agency about the various facets of pollution control.
      >>> Throughout the Study one of the major pollution reduction strategies
      >>> suggested is Separation of Vulnerable Road Users (Provision of
      Footpath).
      >>> I quote: "The intermixing of vehicles and pedestrian movements in the
      >>> absence of footpaths results in reduced speeds and increase in number of
      >>> accidents. The provision of footpaths and pedestrian crossings and can
      >>> reduce these conflicts to a great extent and increase the average
      speed."
      >>> The statistics given in support of the suggestion is interesting to
      >>> check.
      >>>
      >>> In Hyderabad, the Right to Walk Foundation is trying to check with the
      >>> Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) as to whether any of
      these
      >>> recommendations have been adopted?
      >>>
      >>> Needless to say that widened roads are replacing the existing footpaths
      >>> because the authorities feel that widened roads are the solution for all
      >>> traffic problems.
      >>>
      >>> We definitely need to take a few short term measures and a few long term
      >>> strategies so that our city does not have the tag of the most polluted
      >>> metro
      >>> in the country.
      >>>
      >>> Kanthi Kannan
      >>>
      >>> The Right to Walk Foundation
      >>>
      >>> www.right2walk.com
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> --------------------------------------------------------
      >>> IMPORTANT NOTE to everyone who gets sustran-discuss messages via
      >>> YAHOOGROUPS.
      >>>
      >>> Please go to http://list.jca.apc.org/manage/listinfo/sustran-discuss to
      >>> join the real sustran-discuss and get full membership rights. The
      >>> yahoogroups version is only a mirror and 'members' there cannot post to
      >>> the
      >>> real sustran-discuss (even if the yahoogroups site makes it seem like
      you
      >>> can). Apologies for the confusing arrangement.
      >>>
      >>> ================================================================
      >>> SUSTRAN-DISCUSS is a forum devoted to discussion of people-centred,
      >>> equitable and sustainable transport with a focus on developing countries
      >>> (the 'Global South').
      >>>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> --
      >> ------------------------------------------------------
      >> Sujit Patwardhan
      >> sujitjp@...
      >>
      >> "Yamuna",
      >> ICS Colony,
      >> Ganeshkhind Road,
      >> Pune 411 007
      >> India
      >> Tel: +91 20 25537955
      >> Cell: +91 98220 26627
      >> -----------------------------------------------------
      >> Hon. Secretary:
      >> Parisar
      >> www.parisar.org
      >> ------------------------------------------------------
      >> Founder Member:
      >> PTTF
      >> (Pune Traffic & Transportation Forum)
      >> www.pttf.net
      >> ------------------------------------------------------
      >>
      >>
      >
      >
      >
      > --
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      > Transport Specialist
      > CAI-Asia Center
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      > ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
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      >
      >
      > ------------------------------
      >
      > Message: 4
      > Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:48:07 +0530
      > From: "Sujit Patwardhan" <sujitjp@...>
      > Subject: [sustran] [NewMobilityCafe] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution
      > in Hyd: Interesting read
      > To: "Kanthi Kannan" <kanthikannan@...>
      > Cc: NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com, Global 'South' Sustainable
      > Transport <sustran-discuss@...>
      > Message-ID:
      > <4cfd20aa0808202118l4214d496j9b479766d5604328@...>
      > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
      >
      > *
      > in response to Kanthi Kannan's mail*
      >
      > I don't see much difference between short term measures and the long term
      > ones. Basically whether in the short term or long we need:-
      >
      > -- radically improved adequate, efficient and affordable Public Transport
      > -- safe, attractive and adequately wide pedestrian footpaths (not the same
      > as Skywalks)
      > -- safe, comfortable (good surface) and citywide bicycle paths. These need
      > not be exclusive or protected ones on all the streets, ie in congested
      areas
      > sharing the street with motor vehicles should be possible provided traffic
      > calming is introduced and rigidly enforced. City bike scheme like Velib in
      > Paris after thorough planning
      > -- appropriate TDM measures to discourage use of personal auto vehicle use
      > at least during peak hours - the usual options are tighter parking
      control,
      > higher parking charges, congestion charging, auto vehicle-free areas,
      > pollution taxes etc
      >
      > One should avoid talking in terms of short term and long term strategies
      as
      > this gives too wide an option to an administration that isn't really keen
      to
      > do anything for sustainable transportation/new mobility but seems to be
      > pre-programmed to build more and more facilities to reduce the problems
      for
      > the auto vehicles. As a concrete example the Comprehensive Mobility Plan
      for
      > Pune has a Trojan horse in form of a statement "flyovers may be built as
      an
      > interim measure in view of many more people with higher incomes wanting to
      > buy cars". In one of the meetings we asked the consultants if they were
      > "interim" would they be demolished in a couple of years? The answer was of
      > course a very uncomfortable smile (or a smirk)?? !!!!!
      >
      > Rest of the Mobility Plan talks the language of the National Urban
      Transport
      > Policy (which said "People not vehicles" will be at the centre of mobility
      > planning. It also said personal vehicles need to be discouraged and public
      > transport pedestrians and cyclists given a boost).
      >
      > It's time to stop our city bosses from getting away with this kind of
      > sabotage.
      >
      > --
      > Sujit Patwardhan
      > Parisar
      > Pune
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 7:37 AM, Kanthi Kannan
      > <kanthikannan@...>wrote:
      >
      >>
      >> http://www.epa.gov/ies/pdf/india/iesfinal_0405.pdf
      >>
      >>
      >> The study in the link given above is a well documented effort by a US
      >> agency
      >> and an Indian agency about the various facets of pollution control.
      >> Throughout the Study one of the major pollution reduction strategies
      >> suggested is Separation of Vulnerable Road Users (Provision of Footpath).
      >> I quote: "The intermixing of vehicles and pedestrian movements in the
      >> absence of footpaths results in reduced speeds and increase in number of
      >> accidents. The provision of footpaths and pedestrian crossings and can
      >> reduce these conflicts to a great extent and increase the average speed."
      >> The statistics given in support of the suggestion is interesting to
      check.
      >>
      >> In Hyderabad, the Right to Walk Foundation is trying to check with the
      >> Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) as to whether any of these
      >> recommendations have been adopted?
      >>
      >> Needless to say that widened roads are replacing the existing footpaths
      >> because the authorities feel that widened roads are the solution for all
      >> traffic problems.
      >>
      >> We definitely need to take a few short term measures and a few long term
      >> strategies so that our city does not have the tag of the most polluted
      >> metro
      >> in the country.
      >>
      >> Kanthi Kannan
      >>
      >> The Right to Walk Foundation
      >>
      >> www.right2walk.com
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> --------------------------------------------------------
      >> IMPORTANT NOTE to everyone who gets sustran-discuss messages via
      >> YAHOOGROUPS.
      >>
      >> Please go to http://list.jca.apc.org/manage/listinfo/sustran-discuss to
      >> join the real sustran-discuss and get full membership rights. The
      >> yahoogroups version is only a mirror and 'members' there cannot post to
      >> the
      >> real sustran-discuss (even if the yahoogroups site makes it seem like you
      >> can). Apologies for the confusing arrangement.
      >>
      >> ================================================================
      >> SUSTRAN-DISCUSS is a forum devoted to discussion of people-centred,
      >> equitable and sustainable transport with a focus on developing countries
      >> (the 'Global South').
      >>
      >
      >
      >
      > --
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      > Sujit Patwardhan
      > sujitjp@...
      >
      > "Yamuna",
      > ICS Colony,
      > Ganeshkhind Road,
      > Pune 411 007
      > India
      > Tel: +91 20 25537955
      > Cell: +91 98220 26627
      > -----------------------------------------------------
      > Hon. Secretary:
      > Parisar
      > www.parisar.org
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      > Founder Member:
      > PTTF
      > (Pune Traffic & Transportation Forum)
      > www.pttf.net
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      >
      >
      > ------------------------------
      >
      > Message: 5
      > Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:10:38 +0530
      > From: "Kanthi Kannan" <kanthikannan@...>
      > Subject: [sustran] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting
      > read
      > To: "'Sudhir'" <sudhir@...>, "'Sujit Patwardhan'"
      > <sujitjp@...>
      > Cc: NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com, 'Global 'South' Sustainable
      > Transport' <sustran-discuss@...>
      > Message-ID: <48acffe3.0e0d6e0a.7347.ffff89de@...>
      > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
      >
      > Dear all
      >
      >
      >
      > When I mentioned in my earlier mail that we need to look at both short
      term
      > and long term measures, I think that I was not very clear with my
      statement.
      >
      >
      >
      > What I meant was that have goals that are achievable in the short term. 1.
      > Like getting pedestrian crossings done at a few selected locations. 2. Get
      a
      > few footpaths cleared for use if not completely at least give enough
      access
      > space. When we are talking about short term, the time frame is about 4 to
      6
      > months.
      >
      >
      >
      > In our campaign unless, we are able to show some concrete progress people
      > will not be willing to join our campaign. That is the reason for our
      > concrete doables. We would ideally like to achieve all this and more as
      soon
      > as possible.
      >
      >
      >
      > What Sri. Sujit ji has mentioned comes in our long term measures and hence
      > goals.
      >
      >
      >
      > I agree that we need to look at the whole picture and not just at smaller
      > parts and let the authorities not really put any thing into action.
      >
      >
      >
      > The major issues in Hyd are
      >
      >
      >
      > 1. Parking by Corporates: This is a Major issue in Hyd since even the
      > larger Retail Outlets ( Reliance Fresh, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Reliance
      > Communications, Vodaphone, MORE to name a few) do not have any parking
      place
      > for customers and the vehicles are parked on the footpaths. We are shocked
      > because these corporates talk so much about Social Responsibility and yet
      > seem to be neglecting the basic pedestrian safety issue.
      > 2. Lack of manned Pedestrian Crossings: There are many zebra lines
      > drawn at various locations on each road but there is very little
      probability
      > of any vehicle stopping at these places because of various reasons. Chief
      > among them is the lack of implementation of the rule.
      > 3. Height of Road dividers: The road dividers are pretty easy to cross
      > and hence people jump over them and then run across the road. We are
      trying
      > to get the authorities to make the road dividers higher so that people
      > cannot cross the road where ever they want.
      >
      >
      >
      > Of course like all other Indian Cities, we have our quota of temples and
      > mosques etc that take away our walking space and make us easy targets of
      the
      > motorised drivers.
      >
      >
      >
      > Regards
      >
      > Kanthi
      >
      >
      >
      > The Right to Walk Foundation
      >
      > www.right2walk.com <http://www.right2walk.com/>
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > _____
      >
      > From: Sudhir [mailto:sudhir@...]
      > Sent: 21 August 2008 10:14
      > To: Sujit Patwardhan
      > Cc: Kanthi Kannan; Walter Hook; Global 'South' Sustainable Transport;
      > NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [sustran] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting
      > read
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Dear all,
      >
      >
      >
      > Any argument which brings better pedestrian infrastructure is fine with
      me.
      > :-) (capacity, congestion .. if it gets the results).
      >
      >
      >
      > 1-2 decades back it was small isolated flyovers and now its elevated roads
      > and in future......
      >
      >
      >
      > (I would dream of best pedestrian and cycle infrastructure integrated with
      > eco-friendly mass transport systems implemented in cities :-))...
      >
      >
      >
      > Cheers
      >
      > Sudhir
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On 21/08/2008, Sujit Patwardhan <sujitjp@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > in response to Kanthi Kannan's mail
      >
      > I don't see much difference between short term measures and the long term
      > ones. Basically whether in the short term or long we need:-
      >
      > -- radically improved adequate, efficient and affordable Public Transport
      > -- safe, attractive and adequately wide pedestrian footpaths (not the same
      > as Skywalks)
      > -- safe, comfortable (good surface) and citywide bicycle paths. These need
      > not be exclusive or protected ones on all the streets, ie in congested
      areas
      > sharing the street with motor vehicles should be possible provided traffic
      > calming is introduced and rigidly enforced. City bike scheme like Velib in
      > Paris after thorough planning
      > -- appropriate TDM measures to discourage use of personal auto vehicle use
      > at least during peak hours - the usual options are tighter parking
      control,
      > higher parking charges, congestion charging, auto vehicle-free areas,
      > pollution taxes etc
      >
      > One should avoid talking in terms of short term and long term strategies
      as
      > this gives too wide an option to an administration that isn't really keen
      to
      > do anything for sustainable transportation/new mobility but seems to be
      > pre-programmed to build more and more facilities to reduce the problems
      for
      > the auto vehicles. As a concrete example the Comprehensive Mobility Plan
      for
      > Pune has a Trojan horse in form of a statement "flyovers may be built as
      an
      > interim measure in view of many more people with higher incomes wanting to
      > buy cars". In one of the meetings we asked the consultants if they were
      > "interim" would they be demolished in a couple of years? The answer was of
      > course a very uncomfortable smile (or a smirk)?? !!!!!
      >
      > Rest of the Mobility Plan talks the language of the National Urban
      Transport
      > Policy (which said "People not vehicles" will be at the centre of mobility
      > planning. It also said personal vehicles need to be discouraged and public
      > transport pedestrians and cyclists given a boost).
      >
      > It's time to stop our city bosses from getting away with this kind of
      > sabotage.
      >
      > --
      > Sujit Patwardhan
      > Parisar
      > Pune
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 7:37 AM, Kanthi Kannan <kanthikannan@...>
      > wrote:
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > http://www.epa.gov/ies/pdf/india/iesfinal_0405.pdf
      >
      >
      > The study in the link given above is a well documented effort by a US
      agency
      > and an Indian agency about the various facets of pollution control.
      > Throughout the Study one of the major pollution reduction strategies
      > suggested is Separation of Vulnerable Road Users (Provision of Footpath).
      > I quote: "The intermixing of vehicles and pedestrian movements in the
      > absence of footpaths results in reduced speeds and increase in number of
      > accidents. The provision of footpaths and pedestrian crossings and can
      > reduce these conflicts to a great extent and increase the average speed."
      > The statistics given in support of the suggestion is interesting to check.
      >
      > In Hyderabad, the Right to Walk Foundation is trying to check with the
      > Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) as to whether any of these
      > recommendations have been adopted?
      >
      > Needless to say that widened roads are replacing the existing footpaths
      > because the authorities feel that widened roads are the solution for all
      > traffic problems.
      >
      > We definitely need to take a few short term measures and a few long term
      > strategies so that our city does not have the tag of the most polluted
      metro
      > in the country.
      >
      > Kanthi Kannan
      >
      > The Right to Walk Foundation
      >
      > www.right2walk.com <http://www.right2walk.com/>
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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      > --
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      > Sujit Patwardhan
      > sujitjp@...
      >
      > "Yamuna",
      > ICS Colony,
      > Ganeshkhind Road,
      > Pune 411 007
      > India
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      >
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      >
      >
      > --
      > Sudhir Gota
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      >
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      > Message: 6
      > Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 05:17:51 -0500
      > From: Carlosfelipe Pardo <carlosfpardo@...>
      > Subject: [sustran] Re: Right to Walk and Pollution in Hyd: Interesting
      > read
      > To: Sudhir <sudhir@...>
      > Cc: NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com, Global 'South' Sustainable
      > Transport <sustran-discuss@...>
      > Message-ID: <48AD40CF.7050803@...>
      > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
      >
      > Hi,
      >
      > In reading Kanthi's email, it seems that the important issue were to
      > reduce congestion and emissions by increasing vehicle speeds... (!) From
      > my point of view, it's better to actually concentrate on reducing
      > demand, and in that way you won't need to segregate or to spend money on
      > infrastructure, plus you won't have to force pedestrians to walk even
      > more than they have to (detour factors for pedestrians in developing
      > cities are much higher than for any other mode). For instance, take 20
      > car drivers and put them in one bus: you'll have freed up road space,
      > increased speeds and reduced pollution (per person, which is the
      > important individual). Plus you can still stop and wait for pedestrians
      > to cross without the need of a bridge. AND you will have spent less money!
      >
      > My point is that thinking of speed and throughput as a solution to
      > congestion (and emissions) will not solve the problem, but rather worsen
      > it in the long run (induced travel generates more traffic, thus more
      > pollution, even at higher speeds). Thinking of speed per individual
      > vehicle is always a problem (as is thinking about vehicles).
      >
      > But the point from Sudhir regarding a possibly "evolution" towards
      > improvement (first flyovers, then pedestrian bridges, and in future even
      > better) is well taken. Above may be the vision of what we want, and
      > reality may take some time to adjust... but let's please always propose
      > the vision, and then adjust it to reality!
      >
      > These issues are better explained in some publications of GTZ SUTP: NMT
      > training document, Economic Instruments, Mobility Management. All are
      > available from www.sutp.org .
      >
      > Best regards,
      >
      > Carlosfelipe Pardo
      > Coordinador de Proyecto- Project Coordinator
      > GTZ - Proyecto de Transporte Sostenible (SUTP, SUTP-LAC)
      > Cl 93A # 14-17 of 708
      > Bogot? D.C., Colombia
      > Tel/fax: +57 (1) 236 2309 Mobile: +57 (3)15 296 0662
      > carlos.pardo@... www.gtz.de
      > (carlos.pardo@... www.sutp.org )
      >
      > Sudhir wrote:
      >> Dear all,
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> Any argument which brings better pedestrian infrastructure is fine with
      >> me. :-) (capacity, congestion .. if it gets the results).
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> 1-2 decades back it was small isolated flyovers and now its elevated
      >> roads and in future......
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> (I would dream of best pedestrian and cycle infrastructure integrated
      with
      >> eco-friendly mass transport systems implemented in cities :-))...
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> Cheers
      >>
      >> Sudhir
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> On 21/08/2008, Sujit Patwardhan <sujitjp@...> wrote:
      >>
      >>
      >>> *
      >>> in response to Kanthi Kannan's mail*
      >>>
      >>> I don't see much difference between short term measures and the long
      term
      >>> ones. Basically whether in the short term or long we need:-
      >>>
      >>> -- radically improved adequate, efficient and affordable Public
      Transport
      >>> -- safe, attractive and adequately wide pedestrian footpaths (not the
      >>> same
      >>> as Skywalks)
      >>> -- safe, comfortable (good surface) and citywide bicycle paths. These
      >>> need
      >>> not be exclusive or protected ones on all the streets, ie in congested
      >>> areas
      >>> sharing the street with motor vehicles should be possible provided
      >>> traffic
      >>> calming is introduced and rigidly enforced. City bike scheme like Velib
      >>> in
      >>> Paris after thorough planning
      >>> -- appropriate TDM measures to discourage use of personal auto vehicle
      >>> use
      >>> at least during peak hours - the usual options are tighter parking
      >>> control,
      >>> higher parking charges, congestion charging, auto vehicle-free areas,
      >>> pollution taxes etc
      >>>
      >>> One should avoid talking in terms of short term and long term strategies
      >>> as
      >>> this gives too wide an option to an administration that isn't really
      keen
      >>> to
      >>> do anything for sustainable transportation/new mobility but seems to be
      >>> pre-programmed to build more and more facilities to reduce the problems
      >>> for
      >>> the auto vehicles. As a concrete example the Comprehensive Mobility Plan
      >>> for
      >>> Pune has a Trojan horse in form of a statement "flyovers may be built as
      >>> an
      >>> interim measure in view of many more people with higher incomes wanting
      >>> to
      >>> buy cars". In one of the meetings we asked the consultants if they were
      >>> "interim" would they be demolished in a couple of years? The answer was
      >>> of
      >>> course a very uncomfortable smile (or a smirk)?? !!!!!
      >>>
      >>> Rest of the Mobility Plan talks the language of the National Urban
      >>> Transport Policy (which said "People not vehicles" will be at the centre
      >>> of
      >>> mobility planning. It also said personal vehicles need to be discouraged
      >>> and
      >>> public transport pedestrians and cyclists given a boost).
      >>>
      >>> It's time to stop our city bosses from getting away with this kind of
      >>> sabotage.
      >>>
      >>> --
      >>> Sujit Patwardhan
      >>> Parisar
      >>> Pune
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 7:37 AM, Kanthi Kannan
      >>> <kanthikannan@...>wrote:
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>> http://www.epa.gov/ies/pdf/india/iesfinal_0405.pdf
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>> The study in the link given above is a well documented effort by a US
      >>>> agency
      >>>> and an Indian agency about the various facets of pollution control.
      >>>> Throughout the Study one of the major pollution reduction strategies
      >>>> suggested is Separation of Vulnerable Road Users (Provision of
      >>>> Footpath).
      >>>> I quote: "The intermixing of vehicles and pedestrian movements in the
      >>>> absence of footpaths results in reduced speeds and increase in number
      of
      >>>> accidents. The provision of footpaths and pedestrian crossings and can
      >>>> reduce these conflicts to a great extent and increase the average
      >>>> speed."
      >>>> The statistics given in support of the suggestion is interesting to
      >>>> check.
      >>>>
      >>>> In Hyderabad, the Right to Walk Foundation is trying to check with the
      >>>> Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) as to whether any of
      >>>> these
      >>>> recommendations have been adopted?
      >>>>
      >>>> Needless to say that widened roads are replacing the existing footpaths
      >>>> because the authorities feel that widened roads are the solution for
      all
      >>>> traffic problems.
      >>>>
      >>>> We definitely need to take a few short term measures and a few long
      term
      >>>> strategies so that our city does not have the tag of the most polluted
      >>>> metro
      >>>> in the country.
      >>>>
      >>>> Kanthi Kannan
      >>>>
      >>>> The Right to Walk Foundation
      >>>>
      >>>> www.right2walk.com
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>>
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      >>>> real sustran-discuss (even if the yahoogroups site makes it seem like
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      >>>> can). Apologies for the confusing arrangement.
      >>>>
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      >>>> equitable and sustainable transport with a focus on developing
      countries
      >>>> (the 'Global South').
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>
      >>> --
      >>> ------------------------------------------------------
      >>> Sujit Patwardhan
      >>> sujitjp@...
      >>>
      >>> "Yamuna",
      >>> ICS Colony,
      >>> Ganeshkhind Road,
      >>> Pune 411 007
      >>> India
      >>> Tel: +91 20 25537955
      >>> Cell: +91 98220 26627
      >>> -----------------------------------------------------
      >>> Hon. Secretary:
      >>> Parisar
      >>> www.parisar.org
      >>> ------------------------------------------------------
      >>> Founder Member:
      >>> PTTF
      >>> (Pune Traffic & Transportation Forum)
      >>> www.pttf.net
      >>> ------------------------------------------------------
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >
      >
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