Intermediate Public Transport
Unreliable last mile connectivity impacts the overall quality and usage of mass transit and results in a mode share shift of public transport. While efforts are being made to enhance mass public transport, last mile connectivity has to be improved and linked into existing services. An integrated system will aid ease of access for users. Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws not only act as good feeder services to these mass transit options but can also be a mode of choice for occasional or short trips. They play a key role in improving sustainability for urban transport. There is a need to introduce new models of regulation and reforms that can be adopted for a more efficient and safer system that enable the rickshaw to have an optimal role in the transport mix.
In 2014, WRI India Sustainable Cities and Shell Foundation mentored three early-stage businesses to deliver large-scale improvements in the auto-rickshaw ecosystems of Pune, Bangalore, and Chennai.
Harassment and sexual violence is a common experience for women and girls in public spaces around the world. Recent events have highlighted safety concerns for women in urban India, especially during travel. Access to safe travel options is critical to enable women and girls to access education, jobs, and healthcare. However, this remains a much-neglected area with little data and few laws, policies, and initiatives to prevent and address it.
The Rickshaw Rising Challenge 2013, launched by EMBARQ India with the support of Shell Foundation, gave entrepreneurs in the auto-rickshaw sector an opportunity to receive funding of up to $50,000 and a place in a 6-month Business Support Program. This video follows the journey of the three winners - Autowale (Pune), Three Wheels United (Bangalore) and Autoraja (Chennai).
Post the Challenge, there has been significant activity to bring previously unorganized auto-rickshaws onto ride hail and booking platforms in large Indian cities.
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