Mumbai: BMC engineers to get a lesson in well-designed, safe roads

Civic body launches Fundamentals of Safer Streets; will train 342 engineers on safe and sustainable street design for all users

Sherine RajUpdated: Friday, April 22, 2022, 11:56 AM IST
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The BMC has decided to train 342 engineers in the ‘Fundamentals of Safer Streets’, to implement infrastructure projects with knowledge of safe and sustainable street design.

For this, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) is partnering with the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), under the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety.

The six-day training will be conducted for engineers from the city, and the eastern and western suburbs, with a mix of executive, assistant, sub and junior engineers from roads construction, and traffic and planning departments.

Additional municipal commissioner (projects) P Velrasu launched the training programme on April 21 and the objective of the training is to share concepts and strategies from the Global Street Design Guide with the MCGM staff/engineers.

The training will follow an approach based on local context, the needs of multiple users, and larger social, economic, and environmental goals. With a combination of presentations and hands-on exercise, the training will enable participants to directly apply the learnings in their daily work.

● Topics covered in the training include:

- Why streets and the role of street design: Assessing challenges and opportunities in streets, the role of engineers and designers, and developing a common understanding of safe streets for all users.

- Designing for all road users: This module will focus on the needs of each road user and include detailed design strategies to address each of them. It will focus on our most vulnerable road users.

- Designing for safe speeds: A series of design concepts around creating streets that promote low speeds yet effective movement of all road users. It will also include the benefits of designing for slow speeds, slow zones, and school zones.

- Designing Safe Intersections and Streets for All: Showcase examples from the Global Street Design Guide around best practice for intersection and corridor redesign. Global case studies will be included showing demonstration projects as well as city wide programs that have been using these strategies on ground.

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