Pedestrian spaces are becoming increasingly rare nowadays. The explosive increase in vehicular traffic has relegated the pedestrian to subways and over bridges. The Indian Roads Congress (IRC) has stipulated standards for pedestrian facilities.

By taking a case study from Chennai, this paper qualitatively assess pedestrian environment in an institutional zone. Techniques for assessing pedestrian facilities are discussed before undertaking evaluation of the pedestrian environment. Through this evaluation of pedestrian amenities and the quality of the pedestrian environment, the authors reveal serious shortcomings.