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Cities, Transportation, Urban Design, Urban Planning

Unmotored- Workshop to promote Non-Motorized Transport in Chennai

On 6th December, UDC was invited by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy to facilitate one of the five working groups at ‘Unmotored‘, a workshop to promote non-motorized transport. Tahaer Zoyab and Vidhya Mohankumar facilitated the working group that dealt with non-motorized transport planning for the Chennai Metropolitan area.

With a super enthusiastic group that was comprised of folks from the Tamil Nadu Cycling Club, the Disability Rights Alliance and architects we were able to come up with a draft NMT master plan at the end of 4 hours! What a fun exercise!

Other highlights included- the Mayor, Commissioner and Chennai Corporation engineers all crying out loud in support for walking and cycling and a traffic police official who stole the show with his remarks on the cause of road safety and why we should embrace walking and cycling! A day well spent!

Here are a few photographs from the event-

The process, the proposals and the presentations

The process, the proposals and the presentations

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About Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over a decade of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States and a passion for creating livable and sustainable cities. She is the founder of Urban Design Collective (UDC), a non-profit organization that works as a collaborative platform to create better cities through community engagement. Vidhya also advocates sustainable development through training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups and also within academia through her association with a number of universities as guest faculty. In other parallel albeit real universes, she is a wishful artist, an avid wanderer, a constant gardener and a newly enthused cook.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Unmotored- Workshop to promote Non-Motorized Transport in Chennai

  1. Best of luck with making your visions come true. Question: Do many local girls and women cycle regularly? I hope they do….they are part of your answer also in building massive support for non-motorized transportation.

    Posted by Jean | December 24, 2013, 5:34 am
  2. Super. It will be great if there is a separate lane for bikes/electric vehicles in Chennai. Nothing wrong in hoping, I guess!

    Posted by Destination Infinity | September 25, 2014, 5:57 pm

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