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.
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.
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).
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