Crosswalk Safe in Pune: Parisar designs 8 junctions for safer transit

Parisar with the support of AXA Business Services and Local cooperators is undertaking the improvement for pedestrian safety in the urban vicinity of Pune city with reference to Pune Pedestrian Policy, Urban Street Design Guidelines (USDG) and NACTO Global Street Design Guidelines.

The primary objective of this initiative is to reduce the road accident trauma (deaths and serious injuries) to vulnerable road users in the city of Pune by 30-50% through a comprehensive set of actions, wherein the primary vulnerable road users are categorized as (i) pedestrians (ii) cyclists and (iii) motorcycle/two-wheeler users.

Crosswalk-Safe project is undertaken to improve pedestrian safety in different ways i.e. to make it safe where pedestrians tends to cross the streets. Those are usually the Junction crossings in urban neighborhoods and Mid-Blocks crossings on urban streets. Around 25 to 30 junctions in areas such as Viman Nagar, Senapati Bapat Road, Karve Nagar and Kothrud are shortlisted for improvement. All these areas have mixed-use neighborhood clusters with proximity to schools and sufficient amount of pedestrian footfall. We are using technical details, logics, elements specifically thought and designed for road safety to make this junctions safe for pedestrians such as minimizing channelizer/ slip lane, compacting the junctions by curbing the turning radius, provisions of refuse islands wherever necessary, organizing the junctions geometry, maintaining the pedestrian crossing / walking desire lines, maintaining continuity with the junction, Zebra crossing with bold stops lines, rumbles strips before the junctions to slow down the vehicles, wide median with median refuse space, signage’s, bulb-outs, defined turnings, reclaiming the unused or abandoned space for the pedestrians, addressing the blind spots.

Poster Panel of overall proposal for web

The proposals are tailor made, contextual and site specific. The proposed design initially demonstrates soft interventions which can be done using temporary paint marking, curb stones or traffic cones etc. The design shall be first demonstrated with these temporary measures to check if it works well. The proposals and designs will be updated based on the feedbacks after monitoring and evaluating the demonstrated interventions for further improvement in final hard interventions when necessary.