• Nikhil Chaudhary, an Associate at EMBARQ India, has been nominated for the Blue Award 2012 for his proposal on “Reverse Thrust: Restructuring Urban Fringes Along Ring-Roads”. The Blue Award, organised by the Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design at the Vienna University of Technology, is a biennial, international student competition and awards projects addressing the topic of sustainability in the academic fields of architecture, regional planning and urbanism.

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  • This article was first published in India Together and is republished here with permission.

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  • 21st March 2012, Chennai: EMBARQ India participated in a workshop organised by Chennai City Connect, an infrastructure platform for urban stakeholders, and ITDP, on improving the operational efficiency of the city bus services offered by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) in Chennai. Following the Talking Transit workshop held in Bangalore in February, officials from Chennai City Connect invited EMBARQ India to Chennai to present at this workshop.

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  • Although public bicycling schemes like the ones across Europe, America and more recently, China, are a relatively new concept in India, Indore’s over 500 bicycle rental shops have been operational for close to 20 years, serving a limited closed user group clientele. The shops, that also provide repair and maintenance services, are located in low-income areas, or around transport terminals like bus stands and railways stations, and are frequented by factory workers, daily wage labourers and visiting traders.

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  • EMBARQ India facilitated a working session with Derek Trusler, an international transport facility design expert from Australia, and CEPT Institute, on the design of an interchange terminal facility on the Surat Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Derek Trusler has several years experience in planning and designing bus stations and terminals, including his work on the Guangzhou BRT in China. CEPT Institute is responsible for the planning and design of various BRT systems in India, including the much acclaimed, Janmarg – Ahmedabad’s BRT, and the under-development Surat BRT.

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  • In India, the bicycle has taken a backseat as a mode of urban transport. Bicycle use varies between 5-20% in Indian cities. The benefits of cycling- low cost, physical exercise, easier parking and easy access though are enough to justify efforts to encourage people to cycle more.

    Plans to build a positive biking environment pivot around the planner’s point of view. Incorporating user concerns however can be more effective. A recent study from Indore demonstrates this.

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  • 7th February 2012, Jaipur: Bicycle usage in Indian cities accounts for 5-20% of all trips. Public Bicycling Schemes are a relatively new concept in India, and has seen keen interest at the national level. Many cities are enthusiastic, and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is keen to support such initiatives around the country. EMBARQ India has been invited to be one of the core members of the consultative group set-up for the development of this scheme, and aims to work closely with cities to launch and sustain public bicycling schemes.

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  • 22nd February, Bangalore: EMBARQ India has partnered with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Ride a Cycle Foundation (RAC-F), and Gubbi Labs to help implement a public bicycling system within the 400 Acre IISc campus in Bangalore. EMBARQ India, along with Ashwin Mahesh, an innovator, a public policy professor at IIM, Bangalore, and the CEO of Mapunity, are the thought leaders of this project, providing expertise and direction, while RAC-F, Gubbi Labs and IISc are the implementing partners.

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  • 16th\17th February 2012, Bangalore: With support from the Ministry of Urban Development, under the JnNURM scheme, many cities have initiated or expanded their city bus operations. However, there is a growing recognition that successful city bus operations also depend on the quality of support infrastructure.

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  • 10th February 2012, Mumbai: EMBARQ India organised and hosted Rickshaw Rising: An Auto-Rickshaw Entrepreneurship Summit with entrepreneurs, civil society members, investor representatives, government officials, driver union representatives, and other key stakeholders, including manufacturers and engine & fuel technology providers from around the country. The summit was a platform that facilitated discussion on the challenges, opportunities and the way forward to promote entrepreneurship in the auto-rickshaw sector in Indian cities.

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