About Church Street
Church Street is one of the busiest streets in the Central Business District, Bengaluru. Under the Clean Air Street initiative, DULT have organised for Church Street in Bengaluru to be closed to motor vehicles over weekends for three months, starting 7th November 2020. While the street will be closed to motorised traffic, it will remain open to green forms of transportation and will be transformed into a demonstration area for the clean air innovation.
The project’s objective is to showcase the benefits of clean mobility as well as demonstrate positive impact of people-focused streets and sustainable behaviours. The impact we anticipate through this initiative is multi-faceted and inter-related.
Of course, we expect that reducing motorised traffic will help to improve the street’s air quality. We are working with three air quality sensor companies (listed below), as well as the Bengaluru Indian Institute of Information Technology, to measure this impact. We aim to achieve this this by comparing the pollution levels on equivalent pre-closure days – and look at the difference in personal exposure levels experienced by individuals travelling from elsewhere in the city to the street itself.
In addition, through our partnership with the Indian Institute of Science, we will be investigating the impact of the street closure on the quality of life of residents and visitors, as well as the economic impact on local businesses. While businesses are often concerned about pedestrianisation, there is substantial evidence that when streets are closed to cars, local businesses benefit. We hope to see a similar outcome , providing evidence in support of the long-term benefits of pedestrianisation – and ultimately create a blueprint for other streets across Bengaluru and India as a whole.