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 […]

SPTM’s role in forming Pune Road Safety Committee

Successful follow up from SPTM has resulted in the Mayor of Pune, Shri Murlidhar Mohol, formally constituting the “Pune Road Safety Committee” to streamline all activities related to the Pune Road Safety Campaign launched by the earlier Mayor Smt Mukta Tilak. The first meeting of the Committee had to be postponed, and will now happen […]

Survey of walking habits

How do you walk when walking along an undivided road? On the left side of the road or on the right? Which is safer? SPTM conducted a study to understand whether people walk facing the vehicles or with vehicles coming from behind. Among other findings, we found about 59% men walk in an unsafe way! […]


The 3rd edition of Parivartan was graced by senior officers from PMC as judges, and we hope that PMC will actually implement the suggestions from the prize winning entries. The theme for Parivartan-2018 was Road Safety.  Participants were asked to focus specifically on improving safety and convenience of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. “Parivartan”, jointly […]


The second edition of Parivartan, in 2016, also attracted an excellent response by about 50 teams.  SPTM and Pune Traffic Police jointly organize this model making competition for students as well as open categories. The competition provides a chance to suggest constructive solutions for improvement of a junction or a road near you and participate […]