Click on the link below to watch a TED presentation by Ms Janette Sadik-Khan, Transportation commissioner, New York City, on how the city is being transformed taking pedestrianisation and cycling to a new high:
I forwarded the link on the "savekoramangala" Yahoogroup, with the comment "Just brilliant - see where New York is headed. Can someone get the likes of Sri Ramalinga Reddy to view this?"
The following were the responses from a number pf prominent citizens:
RK: I agree. Am dead serious. What a great concept. Instead of our councillors going on foreign jaunts, we must get people like this lady to come down to us.
VM: Lets think of a space in koramangala where something like this can be done? Bda complex area?
HA: I feel the 80 feet main road before and after the 5th cross where there are a few parks, which could be integrated into the plan, might be better suited.
SP: I lived within walking distance of Times Square on 42nd & Fifth a decade ago. Let me tell you that even at that time, I used to wonder why cars were given priority when there was no place for people to even stand. To me, the solutions don't sound like rocket science and it is further validated by the speaker's philosophy that she was looking for quick-fix solutions that would have the maximum impact. In Koramangala, I dream of the day when people of all ages, young or aged, can walk on the footpath without falling into a hole (like I did) or being forced to walk on the road. Owing to selfish house owners, commercial endeavors encroaching on space and cars & bikes parked on the footpath, pedestrians in Koramangala can no longer walk to their destination hoping to return back in one piece (I definitely didn't return in one piece). Could we work on a uniform code so that pedestrians in Koramangala are not subject to the whims and fancies of the house they encounter?
Very clearly, the citizens are all in on the same page. Now, how do we get the neta's in too?