DDA takes steps to make Delhi Walkable City

DDA takes steps to make Delhi Walkable City

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, AUG 03, 2019: INDIA’s national capital has recorded high volumes of pedestrian movement throughout the city. As many as 34% of all daily person trips are ‘walk-only’, with 58% of all education trips and 31% of all business and service trips being walking trips. Almost 50% of metro users travel to/from the stations on foot. Walking is also the dominant mode of travel for 77% of the urban poor who commute on foot. Additionally, almost 60% of all trips are less than 4km and 80% below 6km – an ideal distance for walking and cycling. Despite such high numbers of people actually walking, the quality of walking environments in the city is far from desirable, with the result that Delhi’s potential as a ‘walkable city’ has not been fully explored and realised.

To improve walkability index of the city the DDA has notified certain measures such as, –

– Provision of barrier-free footpaths and creation of a continuous pedestrian network, including integration with existing public places, parks, green areas and open spaces. 

– Provision of a seamless pedestrian network as per master plan norms, facilitating people to cover short distances on foot. This would require opening up of missing links and other impediments which may be preventing pedestrians from finding the shortest and most comfortable routes. 

– Provision of safe at-grade crossings, foot-over bridges and subways, as per desire lines of origin/destination and patterns of pedestrian movement in the area. Pedestrian crossings shall be at- grade as far as possible. Wherever subways or foot over bridges are provided, the same should be cross-programmed through commercial activity, public art, street performances etc. to ensure these remain safe and vibrant at all times. 

– Installation of 10-20 second pedestrian signals shall be preferred over grade-separated crossings for pedestrians, wheelchair users, and cyclists, especially considering the need for universal accessibility. 

– Provision of pelican crossings near schools and other major pedestrian crossings which cater to children, elderly and infirm. 

– Identification of no-vehicle zones for creating public plazas.

– Provision of street furniture such as benches and other seating, garbage receptacles, signage giving information regarding directions, location of various public utilities, etc. 

– Provision of public utilities such as restrooms and drinking water spouts at regular intervals. 

– Provision of appropriate trees of native species and other landscaping elements, as well as green features such as pervious surface, bio-swales etc. 

– Provision of adequate street lighting and illumination to ensure safety and security.

– Earmarking of multi-utility zones (MUZs) to accommodate street vendors and kiosks, spaces for public art, and other public activities. 

– Provision for bus shelters and bicycle parking, space for on-street parking with e-charging infrastructure, bays for pick-up and drop-off for private vehicles, taxis and intermediate para-transit (IPT), dedicated bicycle lanes as required. 

– Alternate utilization of on-street parking space at different times of the day or at time of emergency for providing extra movement space for pedestrians or cyclists, cycle parking, and movement and parking space for emergency vehicles on need basis. 

– Demarcation of zones where on-street parking shall be prohibited to provide efficient dispersal of people and traffic such as near MLCPs, transit stations and as per needs of the area. 

– Special attention shall be given to the aspect of place-making in the design of street sections, seating areas, MUZs and public plazas so as to create active and aesthetically attractive spaces for street life and activity.

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