Bengaluru Active Citizenship Labs


 
Bengaluru is one of the most traffic congested cities in the world. Estimates suggest that traffic congestion costs Bengaluru Rs. 38,000 crore every year. While an increasing number of people are moving into the city, Bengaluru is not built for this influx. The city is thus confronted with the challenge of accommodating for the higher population with limited infrastructure and mounting pressure on its mobility frameworks. The end result is increased commute times, mental fatigue and loss of productivity. With research now proving the age-old ‘Time is money’ adage, it is time that we, as citizens, take it upon ourselves to fix the issues we see in our cities.
 


 

Getting #BengaluruMoving

 

Mobility Champions

 
To further the goal of creating liveable cities, YLAC is joining hands with the #BengaluruMoving campaign to help reduce vehicular emissions and congestion in Bengaluru. The immediate action plan for the year is to focus on efficient public transportation, including bus lanes, and designing solutions to increase uptake of public transportation among residents. To this end, we have instituted the Bengaluru Active Citizenship Labs – a 45-day engagement program, wherein 12 passionate young residents of Bengaluru are being groomed as Mobility Champions to amplify the key messages of the #BengaluruMoving Campaign. With a strong focus on tapping the city’s talent pool, the Mobility Champions are using a mix of engagement tactics to build support for promising mobility solutions among policymakers.

Hackathon

 
In parallel, a hackathon is being organised to engage a wider audience around potential tech solutions to incentivize public transport usage among Bengaluru’s residents. Through the hackathon, we are looking to create a “Bengaluru Connectivity Index” – a scorecard to assess how accessible different areas of the city are by various transport modes, helping transportation agencies improve connectivity by seeing which areas need it the most! The idea is to create an interactive tool or product that can leverage available data sets, crowdsourced data, local knowledge, and elements of social media platforms to create a robust connectivity index.
 
You can read more about the hackathon here.