Open Streets-Bengaluru is an initiative observed in a neighbourhood to promote cycling, walking and the use of public transport. On this day, the movement of all motorised personal vehicles such as cars, motorbikes, autos and taxis etc. is restricted within an identified neighbourhood. In order to support travel needs BMTC will provide additional local bus services and also services to major terminals across the city. Emergency vehicles such as Ambulances, Fire brigade and Police are allowed to ply on the streets of the neighbourhood.
Cities all over the world are experiencing traffic congestion and Bengaluru is no exception. Considering Bengaluru has 54 lacs vehicles on the road, travel demand management measures must be urgently implemented to curtail the use of personal modes of transport and to encourage public transport, cycling and walking. Open Streets-Bengaluru is one such initiative.
The first edition of Open Streets in Karnataka is being held in the neighbourhood of HSR Layout, Bengaluru. Sectors 1-7 in HSR Layout will be celebrating Open Streets from 6am to 9pm on 20th September, 2015.
Open Streets-Bengaluru is a combined initiative by several Government agencies such as Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT); Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC); Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL); Bangalore Police Department; Bangalore Traffic Police (BTP); Department of Forest,Ecology & Environment; Department of Tourism, Karnataka; Bengaluru Bruhata Mahanagara Palike (BBMP); Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Bengaluru Cycle Day (A Bangalore Coalition for Open Streets initiative) and local citizen groups.