World Bicycle Day 2022

Study of travel times in Pune On occasion of the World Bicycle Day (3rd June 2022), SPTM and Parisar jointly studied how long it takes to commute by cars and bicycles in Pune, during peak hours.  10 bicyclists and 7 car drivers participated in this study, and travelled a total of 64 km by bicycle […]

Cycle Friendly Kothrud!

27-May-2022 We organized an unusual cycle rally… to stress that bicyclists are an important part of traffic and life. People must see a lot of commuter cyclists on road, only then we will get the facilities we deserve! Participants joined in their daily attire, instead of shorts and neon T shirts. They also brought along […]

How good are the new footpaths?

Are people now walking on the footpath or are they still walking on the carrigeway? Although factors like benches and trees are important, people must walk on it if it is a good footpath! Some of the footpaths built in the last 4-5 years have created an impression that they have narrowed the carriageway. However, […]

Are our footpaths contiguous?

What do you need to ensure that people walk on the footpaths? Footpaths have to be wide enough to accommodate all pedestrians, and they also have to be contiguous! If pedestrians need to get down from the footpath every now and then, they prefer to walk on the carriageway. And then unused footpaths are quickly […]

India’s First Pedestrians’ Day!

What a way to end the year!  Pune observed 11th December as Pedestrians’ Day (India’s first), and we believe this paves the way for really significant improvements in making pedestrians safer.  Not just in Pune, but all over India! SPTM is a part of SUM Net India – a network of like minded NGOs, promoting Sustainable […]

Survey of pedestrian infra at intersections: 2021

Here are the findings from SPTM’s annual survey of pedestrian infrastructure at signal controlled intersections in Pune.  This survey was conducted in September 2021. The state of the road markings at intersections has deteriorated considerably in the last year.  The pedestrian signals are perhaps a shade better than last year … but it could be […]

Pune Pedestrians’ Day Announced

Acting on SPTM’s suggestion, Shri Murlidhar Mohol, Mayor of Pune, announced that Pune will observe a “Pedestrians Day” on 11th December 2021, and on 11th December every year. Pune will thus become the first city in India to observe a Pedestrians Day!

PMC allocates budget for pedestrian signals

Pedestrian signals are a very important piece of infrastructure needed for crossing the roads safely. Our survey in 2020 has revealed that only 6% of such signals are working in Pune.Because of SPTM’s efforts, PMC has approved a sufficient amount in the 2021-22 budget to install pedestrian signals at all intersections in Pune. We have […]

How to stop your vehicle before the stop line?

Pedestrians’ safety is close to our heart! Intersections provide relatively safer places for pedestrians to cross a road… but only if vehicles stop before the stop line! It is not as if most drivers do not know that they are supposed to stop their vehicle before the stopline. Yet, at least once in a while, […]

Survey of pedestrian infra at intersections: 2020

Road markings like zebra stripes and stop lines, and pedestrian signals together make the most basic infrastructure pedestrians must have at signal controlled intersections. Do intersections in Pune have this infrastructure? In July 2020, SPTM conducted a survey of this infrastructure to assess whether intersections in Pune are safe for pedestrians. We found that the […]