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Inclusive Streets Initiatives

1. Alexandria Street

The design of Alexandria Street as a slow street emerged as an outcome of the tactical interventions that were taken up for the India Cycles4Change Challenge, an initiative of the Smart Cities Mission, Government of India, to inspire and support Indian cities to implement quick cycling-friendly initiatives in response to COVID-19. Under the challenge, cities were required to test cycling-friendly initiatives through tactical interventions. The directorate selected Alexandria Street due to its strategic location to test the concept of a "slow street ". A "Slow Street" is a Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) initiative to make neighbourhood streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists through design interventions. Slow street involves implementing traffic calming measures to reduce the speed of motorized vehicles and improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Alexandria Street is a major spine of about 500 m in the Richmond Town area of Bengaluru. It passes through a residential area housing two major schools, namely Frank Anthony Public School and Baldwin's Boys School, which attract pupils from all over Bengaluru. The street was chosen for tactical intervention as it provides these schools direct connectivity to the cycle lanes constructed on Rhenius Street and GS Thimmaiah Road. For the first time in DULT, the concept of Slow Street was tested on Alexandria Street as a tactical intervention. Detailed designs were developed for permanent implementation.



2. Wilson Garden 

Bengaluru selected Wilson Garden, a mixed-use residential neighbourhood, as a pilot site for the "Streets for People" challenge floated by the Smart Cities Mission, Government of India, to inspire cities to create walking-friendly cities through quick measures in response to COVID-19. A design competition was rolled out to crowdsource innovative ideas, attract citizen participation, and reimagine streets as safe, healthy, and happy public spaces. The entries were evaluated by local officials, community representatives, experts, and other stakeholders. The winning proposal was tested on-site through tactical interventions. The project provided us with a unique opportunity to engage with the community and test, learn, and scale up. 

Based on the learnings from the tactical intervention, detailed proposals were developed by DULT and submitted to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) for implementation. The proposal is currently under implementation.