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…

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sathya Sankaran

A tactical urbanist with background in public policy & technology. Founder of CFAM.in, Urban Morph & Bicycle Mayor of Bengaluru.

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