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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 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).

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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).

Interactive map showing our Tactical Redesign Trials across India:

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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