EMBARQ India Conducts a Safe Access Capacity Building Workshop in Kochi
EMBARQ | WRI India conducted a Safe Access Workshop in Kochi on September 18 in collaboration with Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), CODATU and ICLEI. As Kochi City builds a new Metro Rail system, KMRL has been keenly engaged with stakeholders in and around station areas and across the city to identify critical issues and provide integrated mobility solutions.
Prior to the workshop EMBARQ | WRI India staff (Himadri Das, Sahana Goswami, Rajeev Malagi and Kanika Jindal) also spent 2 days photo and video documenting the project sites.
The workshop structure is based on the Safe Access Manual and an Interactive Board has been created to invite collaborative discussions among participants. This interactive board has emerged as a flexible tool to engage with a wide range of participants. There were about 25 participants at the Kochi workshop, including members from traffic police, Kochi Municipal Corporation, Kerala Town and Country Planning Dept, Citizen groups, urban practitioners and public and private bus operators.
The workshop had 2 sessions: the first session was a hour long engagement where the interactive board and role play cards were used to familiarize participants with the safe access principles [pedestrian and cyclist priority; integrated multi-modal transport; enhanced safety and security; parking management and enhanced public realm]. Further the role play helps participants appreciate the perspective of various types of people (particularly vulnerable users) in station areas; and understand the restrictions/ limitations of govt agencies or private players.
The 2nd session was a 2 hour longer engagement where participants held discussions on a real world case centering around the areas of Kaloor station and Lissie station on the Metro route. A short video reiterating the situation at these sites in the context of the safe access principles was shown at the beginning of the session. The outcome of the workshop was to generate from local stakeholders a list of specific action points to address critical issues on site such as pedestrian and non-motorized connectivity, improved road safety and revisioning parking policy in the area.