Impact of Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon, India

By Amit Bhatt - May 2014

Raahgiri Day – Apni Rahen, Apni Azaadi, is about temporarily closing certain stretches of road space to automobiles and opening them to people, to create a whole new safe, healthy, eco-friendly and vibrant city street experience. Streets are public assets, but on most days are monopolized by cars, two-wheelers, trucks etc. This movement is an attempt to prioritize cyclists and pedestrians in Gurgaon; to build a city with bicycle paths and pedestrian avenues interwoven through its urban landscape.

These are the first sustained car-free Sundays in India, which started on 17th November, 2013 and have been continuing since then, with about 3.5 lac people having already participated in the event. In a recent survey, out of 185 respondents, 28% people said that they have bought their own cycles after attending the Raahgiri Day, while a substantial 87% said that they now cycle/walk to cover shorter distances. Access this presentation to know more the impact that this movement has created in Gurgaon. 

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to know more about this project, contact Amit Bhatt at amit.bhatt@wri.org.

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