NON-MOTORISED TRANSPORT IN URBAN AREAS: ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION OR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE?

The paper presents some results on traffic composition and trip characteristics in Indian urban areas, and presents arguements for a dedicated infrastructure for non-motorised vehicles (NMVs) in such areas. Some Indian urban traffic studies wrongly assume that the share of non-motorised traffic in cities will decrease sharply as city size increases. Their calculations ignore the facts that the roles of these non-motorised modes, including cycling and walking, change with increased city size, but continue to be important. This is confirmed by the statistical tables that are presented: (1) population and traffic composition for 14 Indian cities; (2) composition of trip flows on selected corridors in these cities; (3) estimated trip characteristics in urban areas; and (4) traffic composition in different areas of Delhi. Investment in a dedicated infrastructure for NMVs can directly address: (1) traffic congestion due to heterogeneous traffic; (2) transport air pollution; and (3) increased vulnerability of NMVs to traffic crashes. Such a structure provides hope for a future where non-polluting environmentally friendly NMV modes travel under safe conditions, also allowing efficient operation of motor vehicles.

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    Indian Roads Congress

    Jamnagar House, Shahjahan Road
    New Delhi,   India  110 011
  • Authors:
    • TIWARI, G
  • Publication Date: 1995-9

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 21-9
  • Serial:
    • Indian Highways
    • Volume: 23
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Indian Roads Congress
    • ISSN: 0376-7256

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719874
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1996 12:00AM