With an urban population of over 377 million people—and growing quickly—India faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to address severe pollution and congestion, cities must plan to meet transport needs in a more sustainable manner. Building on the principles of sustainable transport, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation works to promote land-use planning and transit oriented development, better urban public transport systems and non-motorised transport in cities.
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Non-motorized transport modes such as walking and cycling provide first and last mile connectivity to and from public transit systems. But given the lack of good NMT infrastructure, people avoid public transport and instead prefer to use private vehicles. It is here that Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) systems can serve as an alternative for...Read more
Land use policies and development control regulations adopted by a city have a significant impact on its mobility patterns. Development plans that limit population densities within city boundaries by imposing limits on built up areas, cause city to sprawl to accommodate the land requirements of a rapidly growing city population.
Shakti supported the development of an evaluation criteria based on which transport projects can be evaluated for compliance with principles of sustainable transport and then funded accordingly.
Signalised road intersections in Indian cities are hotspots of vehicular emissions and poor air quality as inappropriate signal timing cycles increase delays and vehicle idling at intersections. Improving efficiency of traffic signals to handle traffic can reduce vehicular emissions at signalised intersections by 20-30% in most situations.