From a recreational event to a deeper thinking about urban mobility in Mumbai
Led by the WRI of Mumbai (World Research Institute of Mumbai), the first event of Equal Street took place in November 2013. As mentioned by Priyanka Vasudevan (WRI Mumbai), “Bogota was the inspiration” to create this recreational event for Mumbai. However, the end-objective was deeper: to make inhabitants of Mumbai think about the livability of their megacity!
First season and results:
Looking at the success story of Bogota’s ciclovia, WRI of Mumbai decided to create the same event in Mumbai in 2013. To ensure the participation of a maximum of persons, WRI built a group of works with civil organizations and citizens. Members of this project were : KBS Foundation, BWRA, PK Das, Juhu Citizens…
“The final objective of the WRI was to engage citizens group and communities in a discussion about urban mobility: to make them willing a change in their infrastructure!” Priyanka Vasudevan (WRI Institute)
This weekly event was held every Sunday morning from 6 to 10 am in the main artery of Bandra, on approximately 6 kilometers. Streets were closed to motorized vehicles and inhabitants were enjoying walking, cycling, or having fun… To make the event more attractive and playful, games and foods were also available. The first season took place from November 2013 until May 2014 (May is the beginning of the Monsoon season in Mumbai).
- Between 40 000 and 50 000 participants every Sunday morning.
- A new thinking: inhabitants reclaim their public spaces for 6 months.
- Conviviality times: neighbors finally met each other’s…
Since April 2016, the program was relaunched. However, today only 2 kilometers of roads are available every Sunday.
Equal Street wants now to expand this experience to other municipalities of Mumbai… and who knows, in few years, hold an event as amazing as the Bogota’s ciclovia!
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