Friday, January 1, 2010

Fazilka Ecocab at Urban Mobility India 2009 Exhibition, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Dated: December 3, 2009

Centre for Active Transport (CAT) with the generous support of DIMTS, iTRANS and TI Cycles facilitated a community dialog on "Status of Non-Motorised Transport in India" at the Urban Mobility India 2009 Conference and Exhibition at the India Habitat Centre during December 3-5, 2009. This event was organized by The Institute of Urban Transport, India, and sponsored by Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD) as envisaged in the National Urban Transport Policy, 2006.

Centre for Active Transport created a coalition with multiple agencies representing the government, business and civil societies for the Urban Mobility India 2009. These include Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Delhi Integrated Multi- Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS), EcoMove Solutions, Goa Cycle Club (GCC), Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka (GWAF), Innovative Transport Solutions Pvt. Ltd (iTrans), Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE), Institute of Democracy and Sustainability (IDS), Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), I-Initiate, Khar Bandra Santa Cruz Foundation (KBSF), MOZAIC Design, Pradeep Sachdeva Design Associates (PSDA), Pune Traffic and Transportation Forum (PTTF), Ride A Cycle Foundation (RACF), Sandeep Gandhi Architects (SGA), TI Cycles, Transport Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) and United Traffic and Transport Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Centre (UTTIPEC).CAT coordinated a community voice on non-motorized transport in India at the common exposition space where all friends of non-motorized transport were invited to contribute their message in the form of posters and audio visuals or by just being in the space and engaging the conference participants in a dialogue on the importance of non-motorized transport

The focus of iTrans is NMV inclusive planning and design and believe a good plan can be created only with community engagement" said Dr. Anvita Arora, Director, iTrans, Resident Representative, I-CE. Ti Cycles believes in selling "cycling" before selling cycle and we pleased to support this community dialog" said Vikas Jain, Marketing Manager, TI Cycles.India's National Urban Transport Policy (2006) vision is to move people and not vehicles. According to a study by TRIPP, IIT Delhi, Bicycle ownership by households in medium and large Indian cities ranges between 35-60%. The policy still remains on paper, therefore, the coalition of friends of active transport have gathered here to create a critical mass of voices for on the ground change. CAT is grateful to iTrans, Ti Cycles and DIMTS for sponsoring this initiative" said Seema Tiwari, Managing Trustee, CAT.

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