L3C Webinar: Process for Planning and Designing Safe Streets

by Dr. Geetam Tiwari, Mr. Advait Jani, Ms. Pranjali Deshpande, Michael King

Global Street Design Guide defines a street as, ‘the basic unit of urban space through which people experience a city’. Streets not only make the movement of people and goods easy, but also, facilitate a variety of uses and activities. However, streets’ character responds to changes in the surroundings and its influence on the economy, environment or public heath, whether positive or negative, can be gauged by studying their designs. The conventional way of street designing has been auto-centric. The streets have been objectively designed to give priority to vehicle movements with an intention to accommodate ever-increasing number of private-vehicles. As a normal practice, road space is maximised at the expense of pedestrian facilities which ultimately results in significantly reduced walkability and increased pedestrian fatalities.

The current COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally affected the manner in which people relate with public space. Two major policy measures, confinement and social distancing, introduced to curtail the spread of the virus, has provided an opportunity in disguise to designers, engineers, regulators, and civic leaders to make way for pedestrians and bicycle-related facilities in street-designing. For these interventions to become mainstream, they need to find a place in planning and engineering routine of the cities.

The invited experts touch upon the need of redesigning streets to improve road safety and promote NMTs. Together they deliberated on the necessity of localizing street-design guidelines to reflect on city’s context and setting.

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