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. 

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