On World Environment Day, this report card from Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) warns that Delhi's air pollution and congestion crisis will worsen this decade if urgent action is not taken and calls for radical improvements in public transport.

A Walkability Forum: Better Air Quality and Livable Cities was conducted by CAI-Asia in association with the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) on 22 June at the Magnolia Hall in the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The objective of the seminar was to provide an overview of walkability and pedestrian initiatives and best practices in Asia.

The teeming millions on foot and pedal are powering mobility in Indian cities. Their numbers exceed those who use cars. Yet they are victims of policy neglect. The result is high number of road accidents. Improving public transport systems and road design will encourage more people to walk and cycle. But are cities prepared to make this transition? There is a change of trend in certain pockets of India where communities are organising themselves to assert their right to walk and cycle. These zero carbon emitters have checked the country’s pollution from soaring.

CSE’s clean air and urban mobility team organized a workshop ‘Our Right of Way: Walk and Cycle’ in New Delhi on March 22, 2012. This discussion forum included participants from all the key organsiations, stakeholders, civil society representatives, policy makers bicycle industries, cycle clubs and regulators.

As part of CAI-Asia's mission to promote better air quality and livable cities, CAI-Asia conducted an annual review of main events relevant to air quality, climate change and transport in Asia. The review, which started on 2008 and initially focused on sustainable transport, has now evolved to include air quality and climate events.

Cycling, walking and rapid transit systems are associated with a wide range of potential health benefits that climate assessment needs to consider more systematically.

This illustrated guide provides a rich collection of images of sustainable urban transport initiatives from around the world. It considers the transport problems evident in many cities in Asia, including high levels of energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, congestion, road casualties, urban sprawl, and social exclusion.

This draft report by the sub-committee on urban transport proposes parameters for the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat (NMSH) . It specially addresses norms for parking and congestion charges, pedestrianization & cycling and the model regulations for integrating transport Planning with master plans.

It was 6am and the people were up to keep their tryst with the environment. Scores of people from all walks of life had gathered at India Gate on Sunday to participate in the walkathon organized by the ministry of environment on World Environment Day. Participants from as far afield as China had come to attend the walk.

This new study released by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) benchmarks the pedestrian infrastructure of six Indian cities. In addition to the availability of pedestrian footpaths, it also includes other parameters such as accessibility to crossings and amenities and road safety issues, such as motorists’ behaviour towards pedestrians.

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