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For a little over three hours on the morning of November 24, residents of Greater Kailash-1, an upscale neighbourhood in south Delhi, removed vehicles on a stretch where children and adults cycled, played badminton and table tennis, performed yoga and Zumba.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

Reclaiming the streets, reinventing a capital

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shivani Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 01:39 PM IST
The Raahgiri Day, launched in 2013 to reclaim road space for pedestrians and cyclists, and promote physical activities, was organised in Connaught Place, Dwarka, Rohini and Shahdara, but it failed to become a regular feature in Delhi. In neighbouring Gurugram, however, the programme completed six years on Sunday.
These residents were inspired by Ciclovia, a weekly open street event in Bogota, Colombia, and the Raahgiri Day was born.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
These residents were inspired by Ciclovia, a weekly open street event in Bogota, Colombia, and the Raahgiri Day was born.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Raahgiri is a public movement,a platform for positive change |Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Amit Bhatt
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 08:30 AM IST
Raahgiri Day was created by a handful of Gurugram residents who came together to advocate the need to create streets for all road users, and not only for just for motorists.
Gurugram mayor Madhu Azad joined participants in Sector 15 and exhorted residents to come together every Sunday and join these activities, saying it not only helped keep a person fit, but also helped build a spirit of community.(HT Photo)
Gurugram mayor Madhu Azad joined participants in Sector 15 and exhorted residents to come together every Sunday and join these activities, saying it not only helped keep a person fit, but also helped build a spirit of community.(HT Photo)

Raahgiri day: Mayor joins celebrations in Gurugram’s Sector 15

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 02:59 AM IST
Gurugram mayor Madhu Azad joined participants in Sector 15 and exhorted residents to come together every Sunday and join these activities, saying it not only helped keep a person fit, but also helped build a spirit of community.
The North Corporation has tied up with The Raahgiri Foundation, Centre for Green Mobility, Jagori and Safetipin apart from other stakeholders for the event.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)
The North Corporation has tied up with The Raahgiri Foundation, Centre for Green Mobility, Jagori and Safetipin apart from other stakeholders for the event.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)

Night Raahgiri at Delhi’s Karol Bagh for women safety

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 04:28 AM IST
The event will be held on Ajmal Khan Road, which has been completely pedestrianised, after 9 pm till midnight.
Close to a kilometre of the Sector 15 divider street, that splits parts 1 and 2, was closed for vehicles during the event.(HTphoto)
Close to a kilometre of the Sector 15 divider street, that splits parts 1 and 2, was closed for vehicles during the event.(HTphoto)

Gurugram’s Sector 15 residents reclaim the streets on Raahgiri Day

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Sharanya Munsi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 08:20 AM IST
A new addition to the event this time was electric cycles. Children and adults alike were seen enjoying rides on the green two-wheelers.
An aerial view of Connaught Place inner circle in New Delhi(Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)
An aerial view of Connaught Place inner circle in New Delhi(Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)

For 2 weekends, CP’s inner circle to go traffic-free

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2019 07:09 AM IST
The pilot project will be carried out in association with the traffic police and The Raahgiri Foundation.
On Sunday, the inner circle of Connaught Place had turned into a mini playground. Cricket, yoga, zumba, roller-skating and cycling were some of the most popular activities on the first Raahgiri Day.(Sanchit Khanna/HT)
On Sunday, the inner circle of Connaught Place had turned into a mini playground. Cricket, yoga, zumba, roller-skating and cycling were some of the most popular activities on the first Raahgiri Day.(Sanchit Khanna/HT)

On first Raahgiri Day, residents turn up in droves to reclaim city streets

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 03:20 AM IST
Teenage runners competing on the main road of the inner circle, an orange frisbee flying out of nowhere, children and adults gliding on roller-skates, and youngsters dancing to popular Punjabi and Bollywood tunes.
The Hindustan Times is the official media partner in the initiative.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
The Hindustan Times is the official media partner in the initiative.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

Raahgiri begins on World Cancer Day

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 03:00 AM IST
The first Raahgiri Day, on May 26, will also coincide with World Cancer Day, and will be held by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in collaboration with World Resources Institute (WRI) India and the Delhi Police.
After a break of two years, Raahgiri Day — the open-street event held to promote sustainable mobility options and reclaim the streets from vehicles for the public — will return to Delhi this weekend.(Praveen Kumar/ HT Photo)
After a break of two years, Raahgiri Day — the open-street event held to promote sustainable mobility options and reclaim the streets from vehicles for the public — will return to Delhi this weekend.(Praveen Kumar/ HT Photo)

Raahgiri is back: Get ready for a weekly dose of yoga, cycling

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2019 03:32 AM IST
The inner circle of Connaught Place will be closed for vehicles between 6am and 9am on those Sundays and people can participate in a variety of activities ranging from yoga, zumba, aerobics, cycling and other sports.
After a gap of over two years, Raahgiri Day—an initiative to reclaim the city’s streets from vehicles and promote pedestrian and sustainable mobility options—is back in the capital.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
After a gap of over two years, Raahgiri Day—an initiative to reclaim the city’s streets from vehicles and promote pedestrian and sustainable mobility options—is back in the capital.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

2 years on, Raahgiri Day is back in Delhi

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2019 03:55 AM IST
Starting May 26, the event will be held in the inner circle of Connaught Place last Sunday of every month.
Even as Raahgiri Day goes on without the availability of free cycles every Sunday, 428 cycles that were bought by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in 2014 for the purpose rust away at the Sector 29 fire station.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Even as Raahgiri Day goes on without the availability of free cycles every Sunday, 428 cycles that were bought by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in 2014 for the purpose rust away at the Sector 29 fire station.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Over 400 cycles bought for Raahgiri rust away at fire HQ

PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2019 12:33 AM IST
he MCG had purchased 600 bicycles, priced at Rs33.67 lakh, for the Raahgiri event five years ago. Of these, the 428 abandoned cycles cost Rs24 lakh.
Sarika Panda Bhatt has been working tirelessly to make the city’s streets safer and more equitable for its pedestrians and cyclists.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Sarika Panda Bhatt has been working tirelessly to make the city’s streets safer and more equitable for its pedestrians and cyclists.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Raahgiri Day co-founder Sarika Panda Bhatt is returning Gurugram streets to its citizens

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Kankana Roy Jain
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 04:07 PM IST
A study found that 60% of people in Gurugram are either pedestrians or cyclists. Why then, Sarika Panda Bhatt, the co-founder of Raahgiri, asks, is the city geared against the majority?
Pedestrians, cyclists and children took over the streets of Gurugram on Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of Raahgiri Day. Transport experts say that the initiative helps reclaim public space that is lost to the excessive use of vehicles.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Pedestrians, cyclists and children took over the streets of Gurugram on Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of Raahgiri Day. Transport experts say that the initiative helps reclaim public space that is lost to the excessive use of vehicles.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

10,000 people come together in Gurugram to celebrate 5 years of ‘Raahgiri’

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Prayag Arora-Desai
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2018 02:34 PM IST
In Gurugram, Raahgiri Day is observed with the support of the district administration every Sunday, when streets that are otherwise reserved for vehicles become fully pedestrianised. The space is then used for cultural events, cycling, sport, talks and other activities.
People have fun during Raahgiri at Gurgaon’s Sushant Lok on Sunday, May 28, 2017.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File)
People have fun during Raahgiri at Gurgaon’s Sushant Lok on Sunday, May 28, 2017.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File)

Our cities should be designed for people, not just motor vehicles

UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2018 02:54 PM IST
As per the Census 2011, 23% of people walk to work, 13% cycle to work and only 2.7% people drive to their workplace. Yet, planners continue to design cities for motor vehicles, giving more people the reason to shift to motorised transport (or buy private vehicles).
(Amit Bhatt is Director— Integrated Transport, WRI India(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
(Amit Bhatt is Director— Integrated Transport, WRI India(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Our cities should be designed for people, not just motor vehicles

UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 08:09 PM IST
Research by WRI India suggested that in Gurugram and Mumbai, around 30% of people who participated in the Raahgiri campaign went and actually bought bicycles after the event.
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