Statistics indicate that globally 1.3 million people die in traffic-related accidents each year. Adults aged between 15 and 44 years accounted for 59% of global road traffic deaths, while in urban areas, vulnerable users, i.e. pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for more than half of road traffic deaths. Conventional approaches to road safety ignore this fact and instead focus on making motor-vehicles safer. Road design improvements, which are often expensive and impractical, focus on making fast travel safe. Both these approaches make the situation worse for pedestrians and bicyclists. It is estimated that, at this rate, traffic-related fatalities, which right now are the 9th leading cause of death (according to WHO), will be the 5th leading cause of death globally by 2030. Road safety is therefore an important aspect to improve the quality of life in urban cities.
Harassment and sexual violence is a common experience for women and girls in public spaces around the world. Recent events have highlighted safety concerns for women in urban India, especially during travel. Access to safe travel options is critical to enable women and girls to access education, jobs, and healthcare. However, this remains a much-neglected area with little data and few laws, policies, and initiatives to prevent and address it.
EMBARQ India is helping the city of Bhopal improve accessibility and safety for women on its public transport system. The project is a part of the Government of UK, Department for International Development’s (DFID) support to Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP).
Today, about 32 percent of India's billion plus population lives in cities. By 2030, this figure will increase to 40 percent. We need scalable solutions for smart urban growth now. This presentation shares 10 key ingredients for creating smart cities in India.
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