Mobility Policies & Planning
Comprehensive mobility plans focus on land use planning and regulations, and city Master Plans focus on comprehensive mobility studies. Together they can help resolve problems of long travel times, sprawl of cities, and high cost of living. It is important that these statutory documents take a clear stance towards sustainable mobility, so that decision makers and people in general make deliberate choices to be sustainable in their travel options.
In 2016, WRI India was empaneled as a National Training Entity in the field of Town Planning by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. This empanelment places WRI India within a roster of premier national technical and non-profit organisations that have been officially recognised for their excellence in the fields of urban development and capacity building. As a National Training Entity, WRI India works with multiple states towards furthering the goals of various urban missions such as Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Smart Cities.
With an aim to discover emerging new mobility entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to solve the commuting challenges in Indian cities, WRI India Sustainable Cities held the New Mobility Lab from 11-15th November in Mumbai. The Lab was an intensive 5-day business model validation accelerator designed to provide new mobility entrepreneurs a step-by-step methodology to rapidly and systematically validate their venture’s business model. The New Mobility lab cohort comprised of early stage or post prototype entrepreneurs that propagated mobility-as-a-service solution.
The Streets for All initiative is a sustained community movement towards the provision of better and safer walking and cycling infrastructure in our city. It provides a platform for engagement between government, media, NGOs, technocrats and the community, in order to jointly develop workable solutions to improve the safety and mobility conditions on our streets. Streets for All could be a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly open streets event when select streets are closed to private vehicles for several hours.
In 2014, WRI India Sustainable Cities and Shell Foundation mentored three early-stage businesses to deliver large-scale improvements in the auto-rickshaw ecosystems of Pune, Bangalore, and Chennai.
For the past few months, the Urban Innovations team at WRI India Sustainable Cities has been conducting extensive research and has interviewed 60+ mobility businesses in India to identify five key emerging mobility trends in India. The aim of this document is to:
A snapshot of carsharing in emerging markets in 2015: where it is, where it has come from, and where it's going.
Carsharing grew from 6 carsharing operators (CSOs) in emerging economies in 2012 to 41 by mid-2015. Research from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities tracks rapid expansion of carsharing and explores five key questions:
The Rickshaw Rising Challenge 2013, launched by EMBARQ India with the support of Shell Foundation, gave entrepreneurs in the auto-rickshaw sector an opportunity to receive funding of up to $50,000 and a place in a 6-month Business Support Program. This video follows the journey of the three winners - Autowale (Pune), Three Wheels United (Bangalore) and Autoraja (Chennai).
Post the Challenge, there has been significant activity to bring previously unorganized auto-rickshaws onto ride hail and booking platforms in large Indian cities.
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