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EMBARQ and India's Urban Future

BMTC stat box.png India is one of the few remaining large countries of the world yet to experience the urbanisation of its population. In most regions – from the US, to Europe and Latin America – more than 75% of people live in urban areas. By contrast, only 31% of India’s people live in cities. This, however, is set to change dramatically in the coming decades. By one estimate an additional 250 million people – equivalent to 80% of current population of the United States – will call India’s cities home by 2030. The number of cities with more than 1 million people will increase from 42 today to 68.

For the cities themselves, this demographic transition means that the demands on already stressed urban transport systems will grow significantly. Other convergent trends suggest an even greater increase in urban travel demand than urbanisation alone would predict. Rising incomes mean that the number of leisure and recreational trips per capita will increase. Additionally, the increasing involvement of women in the formal workforce will further increase urban travel.

Take a Walk!

logo-single-for-promotion.jpg Regardless of the season, I’ve always enjoyed running or walking through Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. On cold winter or sweltering summer days, I pretty much always had the park to myself, aside from a few other brave souls and the resident herd of buffalo. Now, with the groundbreaking of the Shelby Farms Greenline, a seven-mile trail that connects Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park, the park has blossomed. Increasing concerns about the environment, safety, and healthier lifestyles has prompted many communities to look at how they can improve walkability for their residents. Memphis is making great strides, although even ardent supporters of the Greater Memphis Greenline project will agree that we’ve got a long way to go.

On April 26, 2011, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) at the University of North Carolina announced the inaugural Walk Friendly Communities...