In A City Where Cars Come First, A Local Campaign Transforms City Roads

The everyday roads of India are full of
energy. Congested roads are home to frustrated drivers, eager to reach their
workplace or to get home after a long day. Horns honk, drivers speed when they
finally break free, and tension and anger are commonplace.
In Coimbatore, a community
group created a program
that replaced that with the positive energy of
children playing, pedestrians walking, and locals drawing, dancing and cycling.
Every Sunday, two of the busiest roads in the city become car-free as the
people take to the roads.
The goal of the program isn’t just to give
people a healthy way to move, play, and interact, although those are all
positive by-products.
It has also led to more discussions and
consideration of the importance of safer roads in the fabric of a city. It’s
not enough to have safe roads on Sundays when cars are banned. That safety can
extend throughout the week and can benefit everyone.
With solutions like improved footpaths,
better lighting, and solutions to slow cars down such as speed
display signs
and speed
cameras
, all streets can become safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.
Car-free Sundays are a great initiative to
begin the road to reducing car crashes, eliminating road fatalities, and making
India roads safer for all. Traffic Logix solutions can help make that a
reality.

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