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 is one of the streets proposed to be closed for motor vehicles every weekend for 5 months beginning October, 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.
Throughout the duration of the Clean Air Street, the organisers propose engage with all street users (businesses, shoppers, travellers and residents) to understand the social, economic and environmental impact of pedestrianisation and to ensure future urban policies are implemented in a way that works for all parties.
From October 2020 to February 2021 motorised vehicles is proposed to be restricted from entering the Clean Air Street on the weekends, opening the 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 including:
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
Participating in the Clean Air Street initiative will provide start-ups, mature businesses, NGOs and community groups with the opportunity to manage activities on the street for a number of weekends and:
We are looking to hear from organisations, businesses and individuals interested in hosting engaging activities and experiences for one or more weekends during the duration of the Clean Air Street.
Applications should be aligned with our overall aim of reprioritising clean air and green mobility and demonstrating the positive impact of streets focused on people and sustainable behaviours.