PC: Nihar Thakkar

Over the last few years, Bengaluru has been trying to make concrete moves towards becoming more Public Transport & Active Mobility friendly. The Cycle Day and Cycle To Work programs led to increase in attention towards cycling infrastructure in the city’s Comprehensive Mobility Plan and Pop-Up cycle lanes during the pandemic. The city’s first car-free street Church Street First also brought economic recovery back to businesses post the pandemic induced slump. The cycle tracks in the CBD caught the attention of the National Smart Cities Mission and brought Bengaluru a light house city status among 100 others.

A no-cycling signboard…


Clubbing our way on #WorldBicycleDay2021. Psst… Virtual thou 🙂. We hosted the first town hall of #ReliefRiders on the Clubhouse app and had a ball of a time. Themed around #PedalForLife, the discussion was mostly around how cycling creates a positive impact in the long run. The agenda you may ask? Get to know each other better, understand the purpose of what we do, significance of #WorldBicycleDay, and together share in the great camaraderie.

Earlier in the day, we had launched the #PedalForLife campaign with a video from prominent citizens providing their thoughts on the Relief Riders campaign. The speakers…


Once again panic over the COVID infection number in India has the government throwing a lot of resources into keeping people indoors, enforce lockdown etc. This may have yielded spread control results pre-vaccine. Now everybody knows the real solution lies in vaccination: continuous and quick.

I recently walked into a BBMP Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) for a jab. The queue was 5 people around 1:30 PM. It hadn't moved at all by 2PM. I checked inside, paper tokens were lying in a heap and not being dispensed leading the crowd to self organise outside. I found one person trying to…


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A couple of days ago, the interviewer from BYCS asked me an interesting question. Who is to blame for the lack progress in provisioning more infrastructure for climate friendly modes? While the question was specific to cycling, it’s useful to extrapolate to all climate change mitigation strategies. My immediate response was that the blame is all around. Our current practices in society, business and governance have been woeful and a huge contributor to this catastrophe. I thought I should deep dive into the blame game for a bit before we pin the ultimate responsibility.

The primary responsibility for climate friendly…


PC: Catapult UK for Clean Air Street

In my last piece I established the need for states in India to pass an Active Mobility Act. This will provide legislative sanction for affirmative action in transportation. What will such an act look like? For one it will have to ensure outcomes and not outputs. Outcomes that ensure walkability, cycle-ability and safety of the vulnerable on the streets. Audits will help accomplish this. Quantitatively and qualitatively measuring how safe you feel walking and cycling safely out of your gate, is the only way to establish we have reached the goal.

Wouldn’t it help if the act mentioned mandatory footpaths…


The inverted mobility pyramid for liveable cities

We well know that the transportation choices we have made over many decades, and continuing to make, have caused pollution & congestion in India. Air pollution in the cities caused by fossil fuel vehicles is a major contributor to deaths and impairments in adults and children. We cannot be tolerant of avoidable deaths. Abuse of valuable commons like the street by powerful and highly inefficient modes, a segment of population can afford, is a characteristic of congestion. This abuse of street space, by a section of motor vehicles excludes a set of people who need to walk, cycle or take…


India’s first longest Pop-up Bicycle Lane on ORR — PC: Rajeev M, WRI

While the pandemic has been dangerous causing many fatalities across the world, it has brought to focus the frailties of human nature when it comes to collective action problems. There were forced lockdowns across India, starting late march, that highlighted clean air gains due to lack of emissions especially by motor vehicles in the city. Social distancing measures and closure of gyms kept people indoors, which meant lack of activity would take a mental and physical toll after a while.

Across the world this was a perfect opportunity to promote a clean, healthy and socially distanced personal transport vehicle called…


PC Nithin Gowda

I spent a couple of minutes on NDTV last evening in a two hour telethon on cycling sponsored by a major bicycle manufacturer from the north of the country. While I appreciate their intention and initiative, the choice of some of the panelists really was questionable. Their ability to see the future of an important topic like health, environment and economic impact of transportation choices in the cities was poor. Sadhguru who was one of the speakers tried to brush off motor vehicle congestion and pollution in the cities as a simple civic issue not worthy of consideration for global…


PC: Sonal Kulkarni

A nation wide lockdown in India owing to the COVID-19 pandemic was imposed on 24th March 2020. Since then movement of vehicles have been severely restricted and only a few shops in the neighbourhood are being allowed. This has caused a deficit in supply of essentials from the normal. The most vulnerable population to the infection are the elderly and people with medical conditions. Their fatality rates are higher. They have been disproportionately affected by this lockdown. They find it difficult to procure essentials because of distances they need to walk.

The online platform https://cycleto.work/leaderboard has attracted more than 270…


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What got you here wont get you there — Marshall Goldsmith

The future of urban living is changing rapidly. According to the IPCC, the world’s carbon emissions have to fall by 45% by 2030 to keep the world’s average temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Climate change is shaping all our choices today and transition is most felt in the urban areas. This is borne out by investors like BlackRock. Larry Fink the CEO, announced: “The evidence on climate risk is compelling investors to reassess core assumptions about modern finance”

The job market globally is…

Sathya Sankaran

A tactical urbanist and public policy professional with 10 years of civic advocacy on sustainable urban spaces. Also Bicycle Mayor of Bengaluru.

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