How might streets be better shared to create pedestrian-friendly environments?

Serving as the National Highway 8 before the Delhi-Jaipur expressway took over, the Old Delhi-Gurgaon road today overflows with factory workers on their way to Udyog Vihar. Absence of a dedicated pedestrian walkway forces them to walk on the road along cars, rickshaws and trucks - prone to frequent accidents.

We sought out to find solutions to make the road safer for pedestrians while ensuring a smoother flow of traffic.

Nishant Chauhan


November 2016


Old Delhi-Gurgaon road is shared by a wide variety of people from pedestrians and street vendors to rickshaw-pullers and commuters. The particular segment between Kapashera border bus terminal and Udyog Vihar crossing is flooded with factory workers in the morning and evening peak hours.

Encroachments over the walkway forces them to walk on the road along cars, rickshaws and trucks. This overuse of the narrow road by a multitude of users results in prolonged congestion during rush hours and a safety hazard for the pedestrians and commuters alike. As vehicles negotiate past them, pedestrians rush to reach their workplace in time to avoid getting penalized with wage cuts.


We divided our research into three components - distance observation, field interviews, and in-context immersion. We recorded a time-lapse of the morning rush hours between 0730 to 1030 hours - to observe patterns of traffic flow and pedestrian movement. For interviews, we identified the various stakeholders involved and prepared some specific questions for each group.

“Everybody follows their way on a whim, without much thought or consideration.”

— Babu Ali, a factory worker

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