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Slow Ride On Bumby Lanes- by Asha Rai, TNN

Bangaloreans’ biggest crib is with transport. There isn’t anybody who steps out of the house in the morning and returns home in the evening without once having cursed something related to his sojourn back and forth. The biggest peeve is with the potholes and craters on the roads. This is followed closely by the traffic on the road, which is slow moving and punctuated by frequent jams, rendering a 10-minute easy ride into a 30-minute nightmare.

Bangalore Patrol survey confirms the anecdotal angst of residents with all aspects related to mobility. Under this score, a total of 14 indicators were measured, the highest studied for any civic parameter under this study. Data for coverage of public transport network, access to information, frequency, speed of travel (end-to-end), crowding in public transport, average cost of travel/km, presence of footpaths with appropriate width and surface condition, of dedicated bicycle lanes, street lighting conditions, pedestrian safety at junctions, presence of functional signals/ road markings, quality of road surface, speed of travel and injuries and deaths due to accidents, was collated by Bangalore Patrol for this city as whole.

Unsurprisingly, Bangalore scores lowly on this standard, only just ahead of the city’s even worse public amenities. Obviously, then, no ward in Bangalore has a perfect 10 score for mobility. The topper is J P Park (Ward No 17) that with a score of 6.66, is followed by Gangenahalli (Ward No 34) with 6.43 score. However a spot visit to key areas even in these top wards shows that there’s nothing much to cheer about the standards of mobility even here.

If you are among those worried about the lack of dedicated bicycle lanes in the city, your peeve might seem trivial given basic infrastructure’s still missing on the mobility front in Bangalore. Key observations of Bangalore Patrol, an initiative of TOI’s conceived and managed by Janaagraha, reveals that at least 45 wards ( 23% of the whole city) have no proper footpaths to walk on.

Going deeper into their width and surface conditions, it was revealed that only 11 wards score full points on this score. At least four wards had a 0 score. Even the Jnanabharati ward that’s dotted with educational institutions scores just 0.45!

When it comes to pedestrian safety at junctions, 140 wards out of 198 have scored a 0 or 10. Of these, 77 wards have scored a 0. Simply put, roughly 39% of Bangalore offers no safety for pedestrians at junctions. This also includes majority of the wards under Hebbal constituency that includes the road to the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA).

As for the quality of road surface, there are no wards with a 0 score. Which means that there are no wards with no roads. But overall, there are also no wards with ‘all perfect’ roads. Malleswaram and Kadu Malleshwar wards top with scores of 9.29. Roads in most newly added areas fare low in quality and they form majority of the worst 20 wards under this category with a score below 2.
According to the field experts of the studyl, even the speed of both public and private transport is slower than it should be. The average speed varies between 20 and 35 km/hr.
Only Hongasandra scores a 10 for average speed of private transport. Majority of ward scores vary between 2 and 7 under this category. As for the speed of public transport, only three wards — Kengeri, Hongasandra and Mangammanapalya score 10 overall. Dodda Bidarakallu and Mallasandra rank bottom most with a score 0.

The good parts of mobility are linked with the public transport in the city. All 198 wards have a score of 10 when it comes to average cost of travel/km using public transport. This means that it is affordable across all wards. However, when it comes to coverage of public transport, only Sri Ram Mandir ward scores a 10 and Rajmahal Guttahalli at 9.99 and Jayanagar East at 9.91 do well. Begur and Dodda Bidarakallu again rank among the worst with scores of less than even 0.5!

As for the streetlight coverage across the city, there’s again no zero score. This indicates that there are no wards in city with less than 40% streetlight coverage. About 139 wards also have a score of 10 on 10, proving that they have adequate streetlights. Even Varthur that ranks the lowest has a score of 4.29.