Designing Built Environments for Better Accessibility

In 2011, 32% of India’s population lived in cities. It is estimated that by 2040, this will rise to 40%. This rapid urbanisation, coupled with the current urban planning and design trends and regulations that encourage urban sprawl and increased motorisation, if not addressed, will lead to increased carbon emissions, air pollution, congestion, reduced safety and poor quality of life.

EMBARQ India influences the design of compact, safe and inclusive cities by improving pedestrian and bicycling access to mass public transport, and within residential, commercial, industrial and institutional districts. Facilitating improved accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists will reduce the use of private vehicles and enhance the quality of life for city dwellers. Compact, mixed use, high density built environments that prioritise non-motorised transport accessibility lead to vibrant and dynamic neighbourhoods, changing the existing paradigm of urban development.