Saturday, September 05, 2009

Tony Bangalore areas crawl at just 21 kmph!

Tony Bangalore areas crawl at just 21 kmph!
Study Shows Outskirt Traffic Is Better At 34
A T Subrahmanya | TNN

Bangalore: Our cosmo citizens may be living in the fast lane, but the reality is that they are all in go-slow mode. Bangaloreans drive at an average speed below the desired 40-kmph level, hemmed in by a sea of vehicles — of course, the temptation to accelerate and zoom past is alluring.
According to a new study ‘Bangalore Mobility Indicators 2008’ commissioned by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), the average vehicle speed is dismally low.
In areas like Malleswaram, Rajajinagar, Peenya and other areas, average journey speed is actually 19.2 kmph! In the central business district of MG Road, Commercial Street and Cubbon Road, it is 21.2 kmph. In other areas, it varies at 20-30 kmph, with the highest average of 37 kmph in the Rajarajeshwarinagar corridor on Mysore Road.
The study area comprises locations within Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and is divided into eight zones: Zone 1 is Bangalore West which includes Malleswaram, Rajajinagar, Peenya, Yeshwantpur, Zone 2 is Bangalore East with most areas falling under the CBD. Zone 3 is Bangalore South — Jayanagar, JP Nagar, BTM Layout, HSR Layout.
The study deals with other measures too: Travel Time Index highlights the extra time taken to travel the same route during peak hours, Congestion Index on congestion levels during peak hours, Safety Index assesses road safety. All the units combine to arrive at Congestion Measures. Motorists baulk at long drives TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bangalore: Ask a person on a set of wheels what he/she wants while driving, and the answer is a decisive ‘speed’.
An exhaustive study ‘Bangalore Mobility Indicators 2008’ covers major parts of BBMP limits, and deals with Travel Time Index, Congestion Index, Safety Index. The other factors are Mobility Measures and Accessibility Measures, and together they form the Mobility Indicators in the city.
Speed is an average low of 19-25 kmph in the heart of the city — Zones 1, 2 and 3, and increases gradually to 37 kmph in the new areas. Byatarayanapura, which is located close to the new international airport, constitutes Zone 4, whereas Mahadevapura which has ITPB and IT parks on Outer Ring Road is Zone 5. Zone 6 is Bommanahalli area, which includes Electronic City, Bommanahalli, and parts of buzzing Bannerghatta Road.
Zone 7 includes Rajarajeshwarinagar, Kengeri and Bangalore University. Finally, Dasarahalli forms Zone 8, including industrial and commercial land use on Magadi and Tumkur Road.
According to DULT managing director Mohammed Mohsin, the basic objective of the study is to address the lack of comprehensive information on different facets of mobility in the city.

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