Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge

Safer Mobility for Youth

Rohtak, India

PARTNERS:​

  1. District Administration Rohtak
  2. Municipal Corporation Rohtak
  3. Rohtak Police
  4. Raahgiri Foundation
  5. NASSCOM Foundation
  6. Skillenza
  7. Indian Institute of Architects (IIA)
Population
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Number of schools
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Number of students
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THE PROBLEMS

Rohtak is located in Haryana, about 70 km from the National Capital of Delhi. It is part of the Rohtak district, which includes both the urban area of Rohtak city and the rural areas surrounding the city. As a regional education hub, the city is home to over 200 educational institutes. Some of the biggest institutes are situated along the 3 National and 2 State Highways that slice through the city. This creates issues such as:

Poor inter-connectivity; especially for pedestrians and cyclists

Slow-moving traffic which shares the road with high-speed highway traffic

Limited crossings on the highways forcing pedestrians and cyclists to take great risks to cross the road

OBJECTIVES

To improve access to safer mobility for students

To scale up safer road infrastructure and traffic management practices for children

To increase participation in safer mobility for youth among all stakeholders

APPROACHES

Improving the availability of safer mobility alternatives by improving the autorickshaws and two-wheelers

Improving road safety infrastructure

Improving traffic management

Developing technical capacity for city officials and increase stakeholder awareness

Running design and technology competitions to engage the youth and enable youth to become change-makers

MILESTONES: OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

August 2018

5000+ school students in Rohtak interviewed to understand their travel pattern 

December 2020

Tactical Urbanism at 10 complex intersections completed to demonstrate feasibility of proposed safer design interventions 

September 2019

Haryana Vision Zero approves inclusion of “Safer School Zones” module in its program, mandating all 22 districts to replicate the process followed in Rohtak  

December 2019

Road owning agency issues work order to start construction at the first intersection where tactical urbanism was done 

March 2022

Travel pattern of 4000+ college-going youth in Rohtak mapped 

June 2022

2000+ youth across India made active partners of change through urban design competition and technology challenges 

October 2022

A national “Guideline for Safer Commute to Schools” adopted by the Indian Roads Congress, prepared by WRI India based on learnings from Rohtak 

December 2022

District Administration Rohtak commits USD 480,000 for implementing interventions proposed in the project 

2021/2023

Two national level design competition and three technology challenges

October 2023

District level public exhibition showcasing the work done in five years

STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGED

India

Government officials partnered with and trained
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Students engaged via training, education, and competitions
0
Teachers benefited from capacity building
0
Schools improved by road safety engineering
0
Parents trained and educated
0
Police officials collaborated with and trained
0
Drivers benefited from capacity building
0

IN PICTURES

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