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Returning streets to the people

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1164
  1. Geetam Tiwari (, transportation research and injury prevention programme
  1. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

    Walking and non-motorised vehicles are the major means of transport for most poor people in Asian cities. They provide access to economic opportunities, health services, and other social services essential for survival. For many people, walking is the only way of getting to work, even over long distances. Even subsidised public transport and low cost bicycles are out of reach. These people are “captive pedestrians.” Those who use public transport systems also become pedestrians at least four times a day when they access those systems.

    These two groups form the largest group of road users. Yet their needs for a safe and convenient infrastructure are ignored as cities continue to invest in an infrastructure that makes the environment even more hostile for pedestrians.

    State authorities plan for the …

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