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Workshop on Sustainable Mobility- Planning Infrastructure for Safe Cycling ( 26th - 28th June 2014)

Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Transportation Research Group of India and e/du Project Management and Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., came together to collaborate through a two-day workshop - “Sustainable mobility, Planning of Infrastructure for Safe Cycling” to identify the issues relating to the research; training & implementation and capacity building issues relating to cycling as one of the preferred mode of transport and to carve out an agenda for action as well as for possible collaboration with the Netherlands.

The Netherlands having experience in developing community–friendly and comprehensive infrastructure facilities for safe cycling, the organizers felt that it would help to have the related stakeholders from the Netherlands, share their experiences with planners and policy makers of the State of Karnataka. It was anticipated that such an exchange of knowledge and experiences would motivate the stakeholders in Karnataka to identify and implement the plans for creating cycling networks and infrastructure apposite to the conditions of their city.

Monsoon Studio 2014 (18th to 22nd August 2014)

The Monsoon Studio is DULT’s urban design initiative conceived as an annual design studio to work on urbanisation strategies comprising of mobility planning and place making schemes for the cities of Karnataka. Monsoon Studio 2014 (August 18th- 23rd) was a collaboration between DULT, the Architecture Department of BVB College of Engineering, and the Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Company. DULT has built a strong relationship with the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad over the past few years from the time of the inception of the BRTS project. DULT’s mandate envisions for a sustainable mobility system for cities and at the same time recognizes the importance of spatial design for public spaces. The term ‘mobility’ suggests constant movement and the term ‘space’ suggests pause - both equally important to retain the balance of urban life.

Workshop on Sustainable Urban Transport- Sharing of Best Practices between Karnataka and Sweden
(22nd September 2014)

The Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka organized a one-day workshop on Sustainable Urban Transport – Sharing of Best practices on 22nd September 2014 at Hotel Windsor Manor, Bangalore. The workshop was inaugurated by The Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka , Shri. Siddaramaiah. The Karnataka delegation included the Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development Mr. Vinay Kumar Sorake and the Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Mr. Ramalinga Reddy.

A high level delegation from Sweden led by the Mr. Jonas Hafstrom, Ambassador & Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Trade and Ambassador, Sweden participated in the workshop. The delegation from Sweden included the Trade Commissioner and business leaders from various Swedish companies who were interested to understand the urban transport scenario in Karnataka and also to share their experiences on innovative urban transport solutions. Presentations were made by various Government departments DULT, BMTC, KSRTC, NEKRTC, BMRCL, BWSSB and BTP outlining the current status and challenges. Best practices and innovative transport solutions pertaining to Sustainable city planning, Integrated transport systems, Technologies for smart cities and transportation, and Future of green transportation were shared by members of the Swedish Delegation.

Seminar on Doubling PT Share with Special focus on IT Solutions for Public Transport
(7th May 2015)

Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in collaboration with International Association of Public Transport (UITP organised a one day seminar on 7th May 2015, at Hotel Atria, Bangalore on the topic "Doubling PT Share with Special focus on IT Solutions for Public Transport”. The seminar was inagurated by Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Mr. Vinay Kumar Sorake . Presentations were made by various government and private organisations on ITS innovations for public transport.

Workshop on Innovative Transit Financing and Sustainable Transport Planning
(28th and 29th May 2015)

Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in collaboration with Curtin University and CiSTUP organised a two day workshop on the topic “Innovative Transit Financing and Sustainable Transport Planning” at The Chancery Pavilion hotel, Bangalore on 28th May 2015 and at DULT office on 29th May for exploring the relevance of the theory and practice of innovative transit financing and sustainable transport planning to Bangalore and India. Relevant staffs from various agencies (BMTC, BDA, BBMP, BMRCL, ULB’s etc.) for GoK attended this workshop.

Monsoon Studio 2015 (4th to 10th August 2015)

The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has organised the second edition of its Urban Design Initiative – Monsoon Studio 2015 in the historic city of Mysuru. The studio was held in collaboration with the University School of Design (USD) on 4th to 10th August 2015. The objective of the studio was to engage the academic community in a dialogue with Government agencies about Mysuru’s mobility issues and the ways in which Mysuru could be shaped into a cycle and pedestrian friendly city.
Currently the Directorate is spearheading the implementation of the Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) System with the Mysuru City Corporation, as part of its mandate to promote sustainable transportation in the cities of Karnataka. Monsoon Studio 2015 was an exercise to engage students in the bicycle planning process so that the plan is well rooted in ground realities. The beautiful city of Mysore has all the essential ingredients for the successful implementation of a bicycle plan. Cities today grow rapidly and often without long term vision. Mysuru is presently at a crucial juncture in urbanization and can easily fall prey to the ill-effects of rapid growth.
4 student teams worked for a week on 4 study areas in the city with unique urban characteristics of Mysuru City. The teams produced strategic plans for each and listed all the catalytic projects that have the capacity to transform their city to a cycle friendly and walkable city.