The Innovating for Clean Air (IfCA) programme has launch a Clean Air Street in Bengaluru, India, to create a healthy, citizen-centric street environment that prioritises green and active forms of transportation while encouraging sustainable behaviours.
Transforming a city centre street in Bengaluru is one of a number of Clean Air Testbed activities in India and is being delivered by Connected Places Catapult and Energy Systems Catapult working with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) and the Indian Institute of Science.
Bengaluru, like many other cities around the world, is facing the challenge of managing rapid growth while safeguarding the wellbeing and happiness of its communities and citizens. The sudden reduction in transport and other emissions due to physical distancing as a result of the Covid-19 crisis creates an unprecedented opportunity to sustain reduced pollution levels and envision greener, healthier and more prosperous public spaces. As we breathe cleaner air, we must ensure we preserve sustainable travel behaviours once the immediate crisis has passed.
- Under the Clean Air Street initiative, Church Street in Bengaluru will be closed for motor vehicles every Saturday and Sunday for 4 months beginning November 7th, 2020.
Our aim is to reprioritise clean mobility and demonstrate the positive impact of streets focused on people and sustainable behaviours. The initiative will also provide the opportunity to trial and refine street designs and create a blueprint for other streets across Bengaluru and India as a whole.
About Church Street
Church Street is one of the busiest streets in the Central Business District of Bengaluru. Using the TenderSure frameworks, Church Street has recently undergone a significant transformation that has made it more pedestrian-friendly. With cobblestoned streets and wide walkable footpaths, the road is an attraction and on par with the best streets globally.
From November 2020 to February 2021 motorised traffic will be restricted from entering Church Street every Saturday and Sunday, opening the 750m stretch of road to organisations and initiatives enabling healthy and citizen-centric street environments which prioritise safe, green, and active forms of transportation. In addition, Church Street will be transformed into a demonstration area for clean air innovations.
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