Restoring Pedestrian Accessibility in Indian Cities

Publication | September 2009

In India, road traffic deaths have increased from 15,000 in 1971 to 93,000 in 2004.

Highlights

  • Traffic accidents are a major cause of death in low-income countries.
  • India's urban transport policy focuses on continuous road building and ignores the long-term impacts of more roads, preferred modes of transportation, and lack of pedestrian access.
  • To reduce traffic fatalities, an integrated and sustainable urban transport policy must restore pedestrian accessibility and minimize dependence on motor vehicles.