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Out of the Driver’s Seat: Are India’s Auto-Rickshaws Safe for Pedestrians and Cyclists?
The safety of auto-rickshaws should also be assessed outside of the vehicle, from the perspective of other road users, like pedestrians and cyclists. Photo by || Anavrin ||

The safety of auto-rickshaws should also be assessed outside of the vehicle, from the perspective of other road users, like pedestrians and cyclists. Photo by || Anavrin ||

Have you been keeping up with our latest posts on TheCityFix Mumbai?

Akshay Mani, a transport planner with EMBARQ (the producer of this blog), has written a series of posts about the importance of auto-rickshaws in India, including his latest research on the safety of the vehicles for pedestrians and cyclists. According to traffic police data in Mumbai, “auto-rickshaws and taxis have consistently had the lowest involvement in (and contribution to) road fatalities in Mumbai compared to all other motorized modes.”

Here’s a longer excerpt:

Discussion of the road safety issues surrounding motorized transport modes should focus not just on the safety of in-vehicle passengers (passengers using the motorized modes) but also on how motorized modes affect the safety of other non-motorized users of the roadway system, such as pedestrians and cyclists.

This is particularly important in metropolitan areas in India where pedestrians account for a large share of the road users. In Mumbai, for example, the Comprehensive Transportation Study for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region reports that 60% of all trips are walk trips, while 40% of work trips occur on foot. Problems with pedestrian infrastructure, such as inadequate sidewalks and encroachment on existing sidewalks by street vendors/hawkers, create conflicts between pedestrians and motorized vehicles

Keeping this in mind, the safety analysis discussed below is based on an assessment of the contribution of various motorized modes to pedestrian fatalities, based on real-world data for Mumbai and Bangalore.  The analysis specifically explores the safety characteristics of auto-rickshaws by comparing their contribution to pedestrian fatalities relative to other motorized modes.

Read the full post on TheCityFix Mumbai.

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