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).

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.