“Cycle Day” is a campaign to promote cycling as a mainstream mode of transport, and in affect bring about an increase in the usage of cycling for short to mid commutes, local shopping runs, first and last mile connectivity as well as leisure runs to just feel our still green city.
“Cycle Day” has been a monthly event anchored by DULT (Directorate of Urban Land Transport), Government of Karnataka as a part of Bengaluru Coalition for Open Streets (BCOS). Bengaluru Coalition for Open Streets (BCOS) is non-profit collective comprised of DULT, Praja RAAG, ESAF and cycling enthusiasts. This open streets event which has attracted thousands of Bangaloreans monthly is supported by Bangalore Police (Law & Order, Traffic) and BBMP.
The Cycle Day is conducted in association with Community Partners (Resident Welfare Associations/NGO's) in association with the Bangalore Coalition for Open Streets (BCOS). Any Resident Welfare Association (RWA)/NGO interested in taking up this sustainable initiative and bringing Cycle Day to their neighborhood can go through the following documents to understand the format of the event and how they can collaborate with us.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about Cycle Day
Self Declaration to be signed by the Community Partner
Sponsorship Guidelines for Community Partner for Cycle Day
To get the list of upcoming events go to the notification page.
Living in a city with over fifty-four lakh vehicles on road takes a toll on the lives of its residents. The increasing traffic congestion demands that we implement effective traffic management measures that limit the use of personal modes of transportation in favor of public transportation, cycling and walking.
The Open Streets initiative aims to drive awareness in the general public about the benefits of using public transport, cycling or walking, and the positive effect it has on their lives and the overall “health” of the city. Under this initiative, we will identify a street or area and restrict the movement of vehicles in its vicinity, effectively transforming it into an Open Street. The idea is to inspire the general public to use public transportation, services of which will be enhanced to ensure citywide connectivity through the day.
Open Streets at HSR Layout
Held on September 20, 2015.
Open Streets at MG Road
Held on February 21, 2016.
SLOW STREETS CAMPAIGN
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Slow Street?
A Slow Street is a street with a speed limit of not more than 15 kmph for all vehicles, both motorised and non-motorised. Vehicular speeds may be controlled using traffic signs and /or traffic calming measures. Urban streets in predominantly residential areas, school zones, hospital zones, and neighborhood market streets could be designed and notified as ‘Slow Streets’.
What is the maximum allowed vehicle speed on Slow Street?
Around 15 kilometre per hour as mentioned above.
Why do we need a Slow Street?
Speeding vehicles make it difficult for cyclists and pedestrians, especially elderly people, and children to feel safe while using the street. Through traffic calming measures, speeds of motorized vehicles could be restricted thereby enhancing safety. This concept has been used in many other cities (Woonerf in the Netherlands) to create safe streets for all.
What tactical interventions / adjustments are possible on Slow Street?
Tactical interventions may be used initially to understand the working of a Slow Street. Bollards or vibrant floor painting could be used to make the road width uniform or for demarcating pedestrian areas and parking spaces. It may be noted that tactical interventions may not be needed everywhere. These interventions are used mostly in cases where the community wishes to try out some measures before putting in place more permanent infrastructure.
What are the permanent interventions that may be implemented on Slow Streets?
- “Slow Street” symbol is painted at the beginning and end of the Slow Street.
- Police will be requested to issue a notification fixing the speed limits as 15 km/hour.
- Necessary traffic calming measures such as rumble strips, speed humps, raised crossings, thermoplastic paint to highlight speed bumps etc are put in place.
- Junctions maybe re-designed to enhance safety with measures not limited to - kerb extensions for slowing down speeds at turns, and surface treatment such as cobbled/rough surfaces at intersections.
- Access ramps for vehicles and pedestrians may be provided to aid increased walkability where pedestrians do not have to step down and up while walking at level differences.
- Installation of landscape and seating features, as well as lighting upgrades, that improve walking comfort. Placemaking to enhance place sense, if appropriate.
- Parking spaces would be demarcated. Parking pricing will be introduced. Residential parking permit system will be introduced.
- Installation of signage with respect to speed limits etc. in accordance with IRC. Additionally, Slow Street signage designed by DULT will also be used for better communication of the concept.
- Surveillance cameras (if covered under ongoing programme of the Police department).
- Installation of other street elements such as convex mirror etc. at cul-de-sacs and T-junctions to improve safety at turns with poor visibility.
Please note that these interventions are not exhaustive and will vary from situation to situation.
How can I propose a street in my neighbourhood to be a Slow Street? / How can communities participate in Slow Streets campaign?
Step 1: Conduct Cycle Day at least for three months on the street with a potential to be developed as a Slow Street OR any on any other street in your neighborhood.
Step 2: During these Cycle Day events, please obtain feedback from the community about the issues and concerns that they might have and suggestions if any. Other potential streets could also be identified during this process.
Step 3: The RWA taking the lead in a particular neighborhood may gather signatures of residents/business owners, etc. that reside/conduct business on the recommended street to build consensus.
Step 4: The RWA taking the lead in a particular neighborhood must complete this Google form
Step 5: The DULT will map the issues and challenges of the proposed Slow Street and will prepare a concept design for discussion with the community.
Step 6: The RWA taking the lead in a particular neighborhood should discuss the conceptual plan of the Slow Street at their ward committee meetings and with their elected representatives and get their buy-in.
Step 7: Once the conceptual plan is agreed to, the DULT and the Community will together coordinate with the respective Urban Local Body (City/Municipal Corporation/Council) and with the Traffic Police to get the identified street notified as a Slow Street, and to start implementation of identified measures.