We are a traffucked city. 1 in 2 people own a car in Bangalore - our vehicular population is 1.5 million and growing comfortably at 7-10% every year, while our roads run at 1.2 to 1.5 times their capacity, sagging under the explosive growth of the city that doubles its traffic and population once every 5 years.
We may be running out of road, but we are certainly not running out of vehicles or ideas.
Since we became the Indian Silicon Valley that Thomas Friedman fondly referred to in his 500-page deliberation, the city HAS taken significant efforts to de-congest:
BMTC, the transport system of 45 lakh people in the city everyday, raked in a profit of 50 crores last year, the maximum among all state transport undertakings in the country.
The metro is, well, underway.
We have unanimously been voted the biking capital of India.
Some adventurous ones even skate to work.
So why are we still jammed? Join us to find out.
COMMUTE SMART, 2013’s first edition of Connect The Dots talks about getting to that day we all wait for – jamless Bangalore, free roads, and clean garden city air.
Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, social technologist, urban strategist for the Karnataka Government and Bommanahalli MLA candidate opens with “Designing a Sustainable Commute system for Bangalore”
Rohan Kini, founder, Bums On The Saddle, talks about life-changing traffic jams and cycling,
Sathya Sankaran, CRS, discusses how using existing unused rail lines can service over 50 lakh people through Namma Railu
GV Dasarathi shares his ‘Carless and loving it’ guide to navigating Bangalore’s chaos
As a poster cheekily put it, “You are not IN a jam. you ARE the jam”.
So join us this Republic Day in discovering ways and means to commute smart in Bangalore.
Date: Saturday, 26th Jan, 2013
Venue: Jaaga Auditorium, KH Road, Bangalore
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm.
Connect the Dots is a meeting place for those who are looking to connect their daily lives to sustainability at large, for all of us who care how sustainability – social, cultural, environmental – translates to our lives and interests. It is a space for conversations, experiences and hands-on experiments all revolving around our role in having a positive social impact.
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