Helmet compliance study shows dismal results

New study shows helmet rule compliance at a dismal 16%, only 1.94% pillion riders wear a helmet.
Against the backdrop of the Motor Vehicles (Amendments) Bill 2017 that got passed in the Lok Sabha which emphasizes stricter penalties for violations, we undertook a sample survey to determine the helmet compliance rate in the city which shows that only 16% wore helmets, and an even worse 1.94% of pillion riders complied to the helmet rule.

Parisar and SPTM publish the Transportation Status Report 2012-13

Parisar and Save Pune Traffic Movement (SPTM) have jointly published the Transportation Status Report by Citizens 2012-13 for Pune city. This is a first of its kind report in India, following on the lines of Environmental Status Report published by the Pune Municipal Corporation every year. By documenting and analysing the current state of transportation in the city, the report can be very useful in identifying bottlenecks as well as suggest plans and projects to improve transport situation in the city.

The report takes into account nine aspects of urban transportation, quantified and analysed on the basis of surveys and data found in Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Pune and the Service Level Benchmarks for Urban Transportation published by the Ministry of Urban Development.

Out of the 9 aspects, those of cycling facilities, parking on main roads and modal share scored poorly. Safety, pedestrian facilities and public transport scored average, while travel time and pollution parameters scored well.

To assess the modal share of traffic, 3600 people were surveyed in detail, leading to some interesting results. It was found that private vehicle usage has increased to 47% (35% two wheeler, 12% car) in the city. At the same time, public transport usage was found to be less than 19%, with PMPML and auto rickshaws constituting only 8%. The remaining were private buses.

A score card of the nine parameters is as follows;

Score Card

The report has been published in Marathi and English.

For more details on data collected, computation and documentation click here.

Media Coverage:

Sakaal Times, 6/1/2014 :

Time of India article 07.01.2014

"Poor facilities for walkers, cyclists in city: Report" - Times of India, 7/1/2014

PMPML Report Card 2012-13

A recent assessment of the PMPML service by Parisar, using a scoring framework that focuses on commuter-centric parameters, namely Affordability, Convenience, Comfort and Reliability shows an improvement over the last two years, with an increase in the overall score from 46 (‘C’ grade) to 56 (‘B’ grade).

Pune Bus Day - Analyses and Lessons

The media group, Sakal, took the initiative to plan a ‘Pune Bus Day’ to highlight and publicize the need for a better bus service, bring together a wide array of stakeholders to support the effort and run almost twice the number of buses on November 1, 2012 with an appeal to people to use the city bus instead of their own vehicle on that day. The whole event was planned in partnership with PMPML, the city bus service provider. Parisar conducted a couple of independent surveys (user feedback survey and traffic count survey) to assess the impact of the event. The results show an overall high level of satisfaction with the concept, but as expected, there was only a slight decrease in the other traffic on that day.

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