Decision maker: Legislative Assembly of Karnataka
Ask: Pass the Active Mobility Bill in the assembly’s winter session.
The Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Karnataka, released an official draft of the Active Mobility Bill on 30 December 2021. The legislation aims to protect the rights of pedestrians and cyclists across Karnataka’s cities while granting safe spaces for sustainable urban mobility.
What is the Active Mobility Act?
An initiative that is the first of its kind in India, the Bill has been drafted to protect the rights of pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas of Karnataka.
The Bill mandates Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to design an accessible infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists in urban spaces; while facilitating a safe environment for walking and cycling.
Why do we need an Active Mobility Bill?
Since 2016, more than 300 cyclists have been killed in Delhi alone. Pedestrian deaths are up 70% between 2015 to 2020, and Karnataka saw the most pedestrian deaths in the country at 13% in 2020.
There is an urgent need to enshrine the rights of pedestrians and cyclists and make our streets safer by providing accessible infrastructure as a right. The Active Mobility Bill aims to do that.
If the Bill is passed, it will ease traffic congestion in cities to a large extent.
When more citizens are encouraged to cycle and/or walk, it’ll improve the collective health of a city.
What does Active Mobility Bill try to accomplish?
Protect the rights of pedestrians and cyclists, the most vulnerable commuters on the street.
Establishes a legal framework for pedestrians and Human Powered Vehicles (HPVs) with safe infrastructure for all road users in urban spaces.
The Bill was put up for consultation in January 2022, and comments were sent by many. The Bill has been revised based on the citizen feedback and submitted for approval to the Government.
The winter session of the State Legislature will be held in Belagavi from 19 December 2022. This is the right time to support the passing of the Bill in the assembly session.
Add your name to support the Bill and press for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
Read the draft bill here: Active Mobility Bill