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Pedestrian to be king on upgraded CBD roads

Cycling lanes and wide footpaths to make an appearance

The seven Central Business District (CBD) roads of Bangalore that have been identified for upgradation under Tender SURE project will not only feature cycle lanes, but also accord “very high priority for pedestrians”.

In the wake of the State Cabinet’s recent decision to upgrade the roads in the heart of the city at a cost of Rs 78.83 crore under Tender SURE, Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana said the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) would soon float tenders to invite bids.

“The pedestrian is at the heart of the plan under Tender SURE,” said urbanist V. Ravichandar, who is an executive committee member of Bangalore City Connect Foundation (BCCF), which prepared the detailed project report (DPR) for upgrading the roads.

In the hierarchy of road users conceived under the project, pedestrians are followed by cyclists and public transport, which is acknowledged as the necessary mode of sustainable mobility, and lastly private vehicles. “Traditionally, pedestrian lane (footpath) width allotment is based on what’s possible after the motor vehicle needs are taken care of.

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