#BengaluruMoving

 
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 end result is increased commute times, mental fatigue and loss of productivity. It is time that we, as citizens, take it upon ourselves to fix the issues we see in our city.
 
See:   The Campaign   |   Call for Mobility Champions for Phase II   |   Work done in Phase I   |   Applications
 


Getting #BengaluruMoving

 
To further the goal of creating liveable cities, YLAC has joined hands with the #BengaluruMoving campaign and we have been exploring different initiatives under the partnership.
 
During Phase I (Aug – Sept 2020), we instituted the ‘Mobility Champions’ program and groomed 12 passionate young residents of Bengaluru to create a demand for better public transport and build support for scalable mobility solutions. We also launched a hackathon to tap the city’s talent pool for exploring tech solutions to Bengaluru’s mobility woes.
 
In Phase II (Jan – Apr 2021), we are looking to induct more Mobility Champions while incubating the tech solutions identified in Phase I. We are also planning to leverage the recent surge in the uptake of cycling by curating audio-guided heritage rides around the city.
 
Our hope is that these interventions will help increase citizen engagement to, finally, get #BengaluruMoving!

 


 

Call for Mobility Champions for Phase II

 
The ‘Mobility Champions’ program is a two-month-long part-time engagement wherein passionate young residents of Bengaluru are groomed as Mobility Champions to explore policy solutions and undertake advocacy for better transportation systems, by engaging with policymakers, civil society organizations as well as citizen groups. In the second phase of the program, we plan to build on the work done in the Phase I while laying special emphasis on the use of Non-Motorized Transport and a gender sensitive policy approach towards transportation and connectivity in the city.
 


Role Description

This unique opportunity is designed for passionate residents of Bengaluru who are well-versed with the mobility woes of the city. As part of the campaign, they will be expected to:

  • Study different policy solutions and strategies impacting mobility, while learning lessons from different regional contexts
  • Actively engage in campaign-related activities throughout the period of two months to advocate for the uptake of identified solutions
  • Create infographics, representations, opinion pieces, etc. for engagement with various stakeholders including policymakers and citizen groups

Eligibility

  • Working professionals and students between the ages of 22-30 based in Bengaluru, with a penchant for arts, policy and activism.
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful manner, with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Someone who is proactive and capable of working with minimal supervision

 
Note: If you were based in Bengaluru before the pandemic and are currently residing elsewhere, you can still apply to be a Mobility Champion.


Duration & Time Commitment

  • Two-month-long engagement from 30th January, 2021 to 3rd April, 2021
  • Minimum 20-hour time commitment per week, mainly after work hours and over weekends
  • To facilitate coordination and training, all Mobility Champions should be available between 4-6 PM every Saturday evening for speaker/mentor sessions for the duration of the engagement. Barring these pre-scheduled sessions, you’ll have full flexibility to manage your own schedule

Compensation & Perks

  • A nominal stipend of Rs. 15,000 for the duration of the campaign
  • Opportunity to lead from the front to change your city through citizen activism, while engaging in research and advocacy in the rapidly evolving transportation policy landscape
  • An intellectually stimulating environment with access to a strong community of change-makers

Application & Deadlines

  • Please submit your details along with your resume through the form here. Besides the resume, the application form will also seek some additional information on your motivation, skill sets and past experiences.
  • The deadline to apply is 3rd January, 2021.   In case you have any questions, you may write to us at [email protected]

 
See:   The Campaign   |   Call for Mobility Champions for Phase II   |   Work done in Phase I   |   Applications
 


 

Work Done in Phase I

 
The first phase of the collaboration between YLAC and #BengaluruMoving was executed from August to September 2020. During this time, we worked with selected Mobility Champions to build traction on promising policy solutions. The Champions narrowed their focus to three sub-issues: (1) promoting walking and cycling; (2) supporting shared mobility solutions; and (3) improving the city’s wayfinding systems. The policy briefs created by the Champions can be found below. These outline some concrete measures that can be adopted by policymakers and citizen groups to improve mobility in Bengaluru.
 
Supporting Shared Mobility
Promoting Non-Motorized Transport
Improving Wayfinding Systems

During Phase I, a hackathon was also organized to engage a wider audience around potential tech solutions to incentivize public transport usage among Bengaluru’s residents. Through the hackathon, we attempted to create a “Bengaluru Connectivity Index” – a scorecard to assess how accessible different areas of the city are by various transport modes. The idea was 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, with the aim of assisting transportation agencies in improving connectivity in areas that need it the most!
 
You can read more about the hackathon here. The winners of the hackathon are currently working closely with the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to help incorporate some of the proposed features in their systems.

 

See:   The Campaign   |   Call for Mobility Champions for Phase II   |   Work done in Phase I   |   Applications