Weekend leisure: Bollywood Bicycle Boogie’s back

Take a break. It’s the weekend. And even if you have seen some of these before, let’s invite you to take your head out of that fat report and come with Navdeep Asija and me to the movies in India, the Bollywood Bicycle Boogie. The idea behind World Streets has from the beginning been to seek out and share universal lessons, from specific times and different places but which, with a bit of thought, can open up our eyes, ears and hearts to many things, including with a bit of luck to ourselves and our own limitations and quirks. For this Sunday’s musing Navdeep brought us a packet of Bollywood films for your weekend viewing pleasure. Let me turn over the word to Navdeep so that he can explain it for himself: Continue reading

Recognizing the importance of promoting green entrepreneurship in the auto-rickshaw sector in Indian cities, EMBARQ India will be organizing an entrepreneurship summit on February 9-10, 2012. This summit is planned to serve as the platform for discussions between entrepreneurs, investors, experts and regulators/decision makers on the challenges and opportunities in promoting green entrepreneurs (providing fleet DAR services), forging partnerships between investors and entrepreneurs, and creating the enabling regulatory and policy environment to initiate and scale-up such services that can achieve “triple-bottom line” benefits in this important urban transport sector in Indian cities. Continue reading

Promoting Green Entrepreneurship in India’s Auto-Rickshaw Sector

Rammohan Prattipati posted in The Streets of India. 5:02pm Jan 16
India has been witnessing a trend of rapid increase in personal motorised vehicles, in the backdrop of inconvenient public transport systems and unsafe roads for pedestrians and cyclists. As planners look to devise policies to reverse the trend amidst concerns on safety and climate change, there could be some lessons from the Netherlands, which adopted policies to encourage cycling.Business Linecaught up with Mr Roelof Wittink, Director, Dutch Cycling Embassy, a public private body that promotes cycling, during his recent trip to India. Excerpts from the interview: Continue reading

How the Netherlands encourages use of bicycles?

Towards Carfree Cities X: What happened in Guadalajara from 3 to 10 September 2011?

From the Editor’s Desk:
This year’s World Carfree Network Conference was organized by the dynamic and fast growing city of Guadalajara, under the title Towards Carfree Cities (Hacia ciudades libres de autos), and with the support and management of two local activist groups, Ciudad Para Todos and GDL en Bici. I was invited to provide the opening keynote address on the topic of “Better Cities with a Lot Fewer Cars”, to kick off a weeklong festival of events, discussions, and presentations in the context of their program. My chosen themes were (a) deep democracy and (b) the need for immediate action. I was wonderfully received and learned a lot during my busy week with them. Continue reading

Weekend leisure: The Bollywood Bicycle Boogie

Take a break. It’s the weekend. Get your head out of that fat book and come with Navdeep Asija and me to the movies in India, the Bollywood Bicycle Boogie. The idea behind World Streets has from the beginning been to seek out and share universal lessons, from specific times and different places but which, with a bit of thought, can open up our eyes, ears and hearts to many things, including with a bit of luck to ourselves and our own limitations and quirks. For this Sunday’s musing Navdeep brought us a packet of Bollywood films for your weekend viewing pleasure. Let me turn over the word to Navdeep so that he can explain it for himself: Continue reading

Breathing the lovely morning air in Delhi traffic

GUEST POST.  “Anyone who has sat in traffic in an Indian city knows what it feels like to be blasted in the face by the exhaust of a neighboring vehicle.  Despite the potentially important health risks that may be involved with such encounters, relatively few studies have measured in-traffic air pollution in developing world cities, where the combination of congested traffic and high-emitting vehicle fleets make “in-your-face” exposures a feature of everyday life.” Continue reading