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Vision

SaveLIFE Foundation’s Tactical Redesign trials aim to spark systemic change across India, making safety-first design an integral part of urban and highway planning. By showcasing the power of quick, cost-effective interventions, we want to institutionalise these practices within all road agencies. This initiative will transform the way we approach road design and maintenance, prioritising the safety of our most vulnerable road users.

Solution

Tactical Redesign trials use temporary, cost-effective interventions to improve road safety, especially for vulnerable users like pedestrians and cyclists. These trials test design changes before committing to large, permanent projects.
SaveLIFE has successfully conducted such trials in 21 locations across India, gathering feedback from road users and agencies to make informed design decisions.  This approach tests safety improvements and observes how people use the roads in various settings – urban, rural, highways, and school zones – promoting safer roads and ultimately reducing fatalities.

Progress

Located on National Highway 27 in the Kamrup District, south of Guwahati, the Khanapara Roundabout is a three-armed roundabout with an elevated corridor and has four high risk spots within a 1 km radius. National Highway 27 connects Assam and Meghalaya on the east-west side while the Guwahati-Shillong road forms the northern arm. With a bus terminal situated in close proximity, the site serves as a regional multimodal transportation hub along the state border of Assam and Meghalaya. The interstate commuters travelling on this route opt for various public and paratransit modes of transport like buses, autorickshaws, taxis, rental bikes, etc. readily accessible at the roundabout. The site also includes a few commercial establishments. The daily users of this roundabout also include school children and veterinary college students. As per the Guwahati Traffic Police FIR data, between 2019 to 2022 the Khanapara Roundabout witnessed a total of 49 crashes, of which 15 were fatal. 

  • Permanency: Recommendations for permanent modifications to be submitted to concerned authorities. 

Located at the crossroads of the Bangalore-Hosur road connecting Anekal and Sarjapur via the Attibele flyover on NH 44, the Attibele Junction has been a crash-prone zone. Positioned near the state border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the intersection lies in close proximity to the Attibele Industrial Area and serves as a major transit hub for interstate commuters using public transport. Other than the pedestrian and vehicular thoroughfare resulting from these site characteristics, within a 1 km radius of it also lie 5 to 6 schools. As per the Karnataka State Police FIR data, between 2020 and 2022 the Junction witnessed 32 crashes and 10 fatalities. 

  • Permanency: Recommendations for permanent modifications to be submitted to concerned authorities. 

A T-junction located at the intersection of National Highway 44 and Begur Road, the Bommanahalli Junction lies in the vicinity of two metro stations, which contribute to heavy pedestrian footfall in the area. Located adjacent to Hosur Road and NH44, the Bommanahalli Junction enjoys excellent connectivity to several major localities in Bengaluru including BTM Layout (2.9 km), HSR Layout (2.8 km) and Koramangala (3.8 km), as well as the major employment hubs comprising Electronics City (8.9 km) and the IT corridor along the Outer Ring Road. As per the Bengaluru Traffic Police, the Bommanahalli Junction witnessed a total of 34 crashes between 2018 and 2021, eight of which were fatal.

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities.

Site Context & Crash Data: Locally known as the Mankapur Indoor Stadium Chowk, the Kalpana Talkies Square is a four-arm intersection located at the Koradi Road on National Highway 47 in Nagpur. It connects to Chhindwara towards the north and Wardha towards the south. A minor road towards the west, known locally as the Jai Hind Nagar Road connects the Square to State Highway 260, while a similar minor road towards the east, locally known as the New Mankapur Road leads all the way to the railway line bisecting the city from north to south. Surrounded by four major hospitals and the Mankapur indoor stadium, and with commercial, institutional and residential infrastructure in close proximity, the site experiences heavy pedestrian and vehicular movement on a daily basis. The stretch from Kalpana Talkies Square to Regional Mental Hospital recorded a total of 13 crashes and 5 fatalities between the year 2019 and 2022.

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities.

The Sarita Vihar Metro Station Intersection, positioned as a tri-junction, is situated in close proximity to the convergence of three states, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. It lies along Mathura Road in Delhi, serving as a vital connection between Delhi, Noida, and Faridabad. Linking Jasola Apollo in the west, Badarpur in the east, and Madanpur Khadar Village in the north. The Intersection is surrounded by residential areas, commercial establishments, hospitals, parks, and schools. The Okhla Industrial Area, a significant commercial hub, is located within a 1 km radius of the Intersection. To cater to these establishments, the area is well-connected by public transport, including the Sarita Vihar Metro Station, the Jasola Apollo Metro Station (1.8 km west of the intersection) and Mohan Estate Metro Station (1 km east of the intersection). As per the Delhi Traffic Police data, between 2017 and 2021, the Intersection has been the site of 50 crashes, including 19 fatal ones. 

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities. 

The Bhondve Chowk is a mid-block T-junction located in the Pune Chinchwad Municipal Corporation near the Pune Chinchwad College of Engineering (PCCOE). Surrounded primarily by residential and institutional establishments, the northern arm of this Intersection is a dead end. Its southern arm connects the Hutatma Chowk and on the west, it leads to the Akurdi Railway station road. 

The vending activity at the intersection causes wrong direction vehicular movement. Speeding vehicles from the west and south arms create numerous conflict points. Owing to the location of the site in a residential area, it also witnesses a considerable amount of pedestrian footfall of school and college students, residents, vendors etc. The site lacks pedestrian infrastructure and designated parking spaces.

  • Permanency: The interventions deployed at the site were semi-permanent in nature. 

Located on National Highway 65, the Vaiduwadi Chowk, is a signalised T-junction, which connects Pune and Solapur. Surrounded by industrial, commercial and mixed use establishments, the Chowk is witness to a sudden change in road hierarchy owing to multiple local roads opening directly on the highway. This leads to a significant amount of wrong side vehicular movements. The intersection recorded 9 crashes between 2019 and 2021, of which 7 were serious.

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities.

The Nehru Place Intersection, situated on the Outer Ring Road in South Delhi, is a signalised four-armed intersection that links Moolchand in the North, Sangam Vihar in the South, and Chirag Delhi and Kalkaji in the east-west direction. Nehru Place is a prominent commercial district in South Delhi, with numerous offices, hotels, and restaurants. The intersection witnesses substantial vehicular and pedestrian traffic, primarily owing to its proximity to one of Delhi’s most bustling district centres, the Nehru Place District Centre. The site also receives significant pedestrian traffic during morning and evening peak hours as people cross the Junction to reach the Nehru Enclave Metro Station and the Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station. According to the 2019 DTP report, the Nehru Place Intersection was identified as an Accident Prone Zone, recording a total of 45 road crashes during the past five years, from 2017 to 2021, with 12 of which resulted in fatalities.

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities.

An inlet for the traffic flowing in from Eastern Maharashtra, the Kharadi Bypass is located in close vicinity of the Pune International Airport. It is a signalised T-junction connecting Viman Nagar and Wagholi along the east-west direction and Magarpatta road in the south. It is also a strategic intercity private bus transit stop. It is one of the busiest intersections in Pune with continuous heavy vehicular movement. The intersection witnessed a total of 10 crashes between 2019 and 2021, of which two were fatal and four serious.

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities.

Even though the Mukundpur Gol Chakkar is a roundabout, it does not operate as one. Two existing U-turns channelise this intersection located on the Outer Ring Road of North Delhi. There are dense residential developments to the north (Mukundpur) and west (Jahangirpuri) of the intersection. development to the immediate south of the Gol Chakkar is limited to the metro rail depot. There are also several industrial units in the vicinity of the Gol Chakkar such as Delhi Jal Board Complex and Mukundpur Metro Depot which contributes to the relatively high proportion of heavy vehicles observed there. Between 2017 and 2021, the intervention site at the Mukundpur Gol Chakkar registered a total of 32 serious crashes, leading to 10 deaths and 35 injuries. As per DTP reports, the site has been identified as Black Spot for five years.

  • Permanency: The ongoing permanent redesign work at the site is being executed by the Public Works Department (PWD) in collaboration with the recommendations provided by the SaveLIFE Foundation. As of March 2014, 40% of the permanent redesign recommendations work has been completed.

A cantilever bridge on the Wazirabad Road, connecting Wazirabad and Majnu ka Tila to East Delhi, Signature Bridge is a high risk stretch. Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation recognised tourist spot,  the Signature Bridge is surrounded by mostly residential establishments connecting to Bhajanpura, Sonia Vihar, Wazirabad, Khajoori Khas and Garhi Village. The Yamuna Park beneath the Bridge too is a tourist spot. During evenings, both sides of the bridge are flanked by visitors and vendors. The eastern end of the bridge serves as a transit hub for buses and auto rickshaws ferrying passengers from Garhi Village. Between 2018 and 2021 the Signature Bridge registered 53 crashes and 17 fatalities.

  • Permanency: The permanent construction work at the site is underway by the Public Works Department (PWD), as per the recommendations of SaveLIFE Foundation. 80% of the work as per the permanent redesign recommendations has been completed as of March 2024.

The Undri Intersection consists of two tri-junctions within 60 meters of one another. Located at the confluence of National Highway 65, and connecting to National Highway 60, the junction lies in the Pune City suburban area. In recent times, the site has witnessed industrial, institutional and residential developments leading to heavy vehicular movement. As per the Pune Police data, the site has registered 34 crashes between 2017 and 2019.

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities.

Located at Kondhwa Taluka in the Pune City suburban area, the Khadi Machine Chowk intersection is a part of the Pune Metropolitan region limits. Located along National Highway 65 in the East-West direction, Kondhwa Road in the north and Yewalewadi road in south, this is a non-signalised intersection with multiple conflict points due to its scissor-like nature. The Junction is surrounded mostly by commercial, residential and industrial establishments with street parking which has turned out to be a major issue there. As per the Pune Police, between 2017 and 2020, the Khadi Machine Chowk registered 65 crashes.

  • Permanency: The recommendations have been shared with the relevant authorities.

Located beneath Burari Flyover, this roundabout saw thirty-nine crashes (eighteen fatal) between 2019 and 2021. A Black Spot for four years, it has undergone permanent redesign in collaboration with SLF, the Transport and Traffic Departments, and PWD.

  • Permanency: All safety recommendations were successfully implemented by February 2024.

This three-armed T-junction on Dr. KB Hedgewar Marg is near residential areas and witnessed forty-six crashes (sixteen fatal) from 2017 to 2022. A DTP-designated Black Spot for two years.

  • Permanency: Permanent redesign by PWD in line with SLF recommendations is 40% complete (as of March 2024).

Located on a busy commercial street in a dense urban area, Peniel School connects to a preschool via tri-junctions with a residential street. SLF’s first Safe School Project was conducted here.

  • Permanency: Recommendations have been shared with relevant authorities.

Located at Mahalunge Ingale, Endurance Phata is a roundabout-style tri-junction in an industrial area with warehouses and manufacturing units. Between 2019 and 2020, it registered five serious crashes (all fatal).

  • Permanency: Recommendations have been shared with relevant authorities.

A  tri-junction on the Old Mumbai Pune Highway (NH-48), Kanhe Phata includes a minor road leading to Kanhe Village. With industries and a major health centre nearby, it needs increased safety measures. Between 2019 and 2020, it registered 9 crashes (7 fatal).

  • Permanency: Recommendations have been shared with relevant authorities.

Located on the Old Mumbai Pune Highway (NH 48) near the Karla Buddhist Caves, Karla Phata is a major tourist and refreshment stop. It registered 18 crashes (17 fatal) between 2018 and 2020.

  • Permanency: Recommendations have been shared with relevant authorities.

This four-armed signalised intersection is adjacent to Rajghat Memorial and other important historical landmarks, making it a busy tourist spot. It witnessed 19 crashes (4 fatal) between 2018 and 2020.

Permanency: Permanent redesign and beautification by PWD in collaboration with SLF recommendations is 30% complete (as of March 2024).

Located beneath a flyover on Delhi’s Outer Ring Road, Bhalswa Chowk serves as a busy roundabout. As a “Black Spot” per the 2018 DTP report, it witnessed 45 crashes with 21 fatalities between 2018 and 2020.

  • Permanency: Permanent redesign by PWD in line with SLF recommendations is 20% complete (as of March 2024).

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Way Forward

We collaborate with authorities across India to transform urban design standards, prioritising safe intersections, sidewalks, and public spaces for pedestrians, cyclists, two-wheeler riders, and children. By applying tactical urbanism principles and lessons from our trials, we influence policies at all levels to make Indian roads safer. This approach establishes a model for inclusive urban environments in low- and middle-income countries worldwide.

SaveLIFE’s Tactical Redesign trials are a vital part of our zero-fatality solutions, ensuring the rapid replication of successful strategies across India.

Resources

This guide for urban planners, municipal authorities, and road-owning agencies details Tactical Urbanism’s principles, trial execution, and results interpretation, offering a roadmap for implementing permanent safety solutions on dangerous roads and intersections.

SaveLIFE Foundation’s Tactical Urbanism initiative transformed a dangerous 12 km stretch – Signature Bridge to Bhalswa Chowk – known for its four black spots, into a safer zone. Through extensive research, we identified key challenges and submitted redesign recommendations with traffic cones, safety barriers, and road studs to the road-owning agencies. 

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