Once known as the “Cycle City”, Pune, India, has in recent years been overwhelmed by motorized vehicles and the traffic congestion and air pollution they have caused. Looking to draw attention to these troubling trends, this week a group of more than 200 cyclists rallied in the city's streets - calling for better sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and chanting slogans such as “Cycle chalva indhan wachwa” (“Ride your bicycle, save fuel”).
EMBARQ, the WRI Center for Sustainable Transport, today signed a partnership with the Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) to improve the transport systems in several of India’s booming cities, beginning in Pune. Expected results include cleaner air and shorter, less stressful commutes, in some of India’s largest cities.
On September 1, 2008, EMBARQ officially opened its first project office in India. Located in Parel, Mumbai, EMBARQ-India’s new home was made possible by the generous support of WRI board member, Jamshyd Godrej.