May 25, 2012

ITDP and IUT Train Indian Planners and Officials on Better Street Design

A three-day training workshop jointly organized by ITDP and the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) concluded on 25 May in New Delhi. The workshop, “Creating facilities for non-motorized transport users,” brought together more than 40 city engineers, planners, officials, practitioners and consultants from across India.

Participants visited selected sites in Delhi and conducted street audits of pedestrian and cyclist facilities. The participants also surveyed land use conditions, street signs and signals, and parking issues, led by street design expert Michael King, Principal at Nelson Nygaard, who outlined a three-pronged strategy for designing pedestrian-friendly streets: first, observation of physical conditions and street user behavior; second, iterative testing of design solutions; and third, setting a direction for policies that are supportive of non-motorized transport.

Street Design expert Michael King discusses the benefits of traffic calming elements at Chirag Delhi intersection.
Street Design expert Michael King discusses the benefits of traffic calming elements at Chirag Delhi intersection

Workshop participant TK Bhattacharyya, associate planner at Kolkatta Metropolitan Development Authority, doing a street audit near Green Park, Delhi.
Workshop participant TK Bhattacharyya associate planner at Kolkatta Metropolitan Development Authority doing a street audit near Green Park Delhi


“The workshop brought participants out in the field to gain first-hand experience in the issues faced by pedestrians and cyclists on a daily basis on the streets of Delhi,” said Chris Kost, Director of Research at ITDP. “It was an eye-opening exercise and at the end of the workshop participants felt that there is an urgent need to start designing streets for people, not for cars.”

The workshop was organized under the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP), an initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India; World Bank; Global Environment Facility; and United Nations Development Programme. The goal of the SUTP is to improve the provision of non-motorized transport infrastructure and public transport services in line with India’s National Urban Transport Policy. States represented included Andra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. ITDP India will soon follow up with participants as many have shown interest in holding similar exercises with government departments in their respective cities.

PDFs for Download:

Michael King on intersection mapping
Raka Choudhury on pedestrian accessibility in the National Capital Region
Michael King on tracking surveys
Anumita Roychowdhury on parking policy
Michael King on cycle tracks
Nitin Warrieron EPCs Better Streets, Better Cities
B. Ramanjaneyulu on transport in Vishakhapatnam
Akash Hingorani on street design and storm water management
Michael King on NMT Facilities

Site audit prompts
Programme schedule 
17 points on street network and design


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