SUM Net Workshop on 'Importance of Urban Transportation in Democratic Urban Transformation'

Parisar recently concluded a workshop as part of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Network, held on 26th and 27th October 2013 at Centre for Development Studies and Activities, Pune.

The Invisible Cyclist - Booklet

This booklet is a continuation of the video vignette series - 'The Invisible Cyclist' showcasing more of those cyclists in the city who cycle everyday, irrespective of the hostile conditions they face. These cyclists come from different locations in the city, and an effort has been made to know more about their daily routine, role of the bicycle in their life, the problems they face and other personal nuances which are crucial in generating an identity for cyclists.

The Invisible Cyclist - Video Vignettes

The transportation dynamics are being redefined world over to become mass transit oriented from hitherto private motorist oriented. Multi-modal, connected transport designs are being accepted as more conducive for the livability of the city, as opposed to designs prioritizing the motorists’ convenience. The importance of the bicycle in providing the last mile connectivity in such a multi modal transport set up is being pursued by some cities in a very successful manner. Priority is given to the cyclist, with specially designed infrastructure which also encourages greater respect for cyclists.

However, the picture in Indian cities is still very motorist dominated, and infrastructural development is largely directed towards serving private vehicles.

Workshop on 'Cycling in the City'

Parisar hosted a workshop to bring about an interaction between various stakeholders involved in making the city bicycle friendly. The event was held on 28th March, 2013 at Indradhanushya Centre for Citizenship and Environmental Education, inviting people from other NGOs, political representatives as well as officials from the corporation. Around 35 people attended this workshop, mostly members from other NGOs, but some political representatives attended the event as well. Rajendra Ravi, a social activist from New Delhi, who has been working on the issue of cycle rickshaws had been invited as the guest speaker for the event.

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