Police authorities: We have worked with the Delhi traffic police and are currently running a pilot project with the Gurgaon traffic police to help understand the obstacles faced.
Corporates: For our project in Gurgaon, we have partnered with SAB Miller India, and the collective efforts include launching a new mascot for the Police, helping officials with alternatives for traffic violators (drunk-drivers) and financial support at certain stages.
How does your idea encourage citizens to participate in making roads safer?
Our idea helps citizens with a platform to voice their problems and concerns, while ensuring they are heard by the authorities and through the support of the private players even tackled with. Through the network, we wish to create a system where citizens are an integral part of the change process from identifying the problem, to suggesting solutions and even being a part of the solution process.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Active citizenship: Lack of citizens willing to ensure safer roads are a major cause of concern. Without citizens voicing their opinion, not only will identifying the problem become an issue, effective solutions will also be hard to ensure.
Government support: Government agencies often lack the motivation and support for actively working towards improvement. Citizen led pressure can ensure officials are on their toes and action is been taken.
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?
Active citizenship: Projects that work to promote active engagement with road safety from individual citizens, pedestrians, communities, and social networks, or that use education as a tool to raise awareness and promote engagement, Governance: Projects that address public policy, legal, and/or regulatory issues in the area of road safety, Infrastructure: Projects that address road or administrative infrastructure, emergency care, or financial systems.
If yes, how is your project applicable to the Bangalore context?
Bangalore with its large cross cultural populous is a city where the local authorities actively attempt to engage with residents. However, due to the myriad modes of travel on the roads and the multiple avenues for mishaps to happen, we feel an initiative such as this will help open up a strong channel for communication and advocacy of citizen issues to the appropriate authorities.
Combining the above with the robust private industry in the city, there is a gigantic potential to change the way people behave on the roads in Bangalore, as well as give residents an opportunity to contribute.