Recent Blog Entries: Cycling
Partners and HealthBridge staff from Bangladesh, India and Nepal gathered in Bangalore, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017, for the 2nd Livable Cities Meet.
Life for pedestrians in Ho Chi Minh City is a little safer now thanks to measures undertaken by the local government, working with HealthBridge Vietnam and World Resource Institute (WRI).
Thousands of people take to these streets playing traditional games, skating and running, meeting neighbours and making new connections.
The streets were full of life: thriving sidewalk cafes with diners watching the activity on the streets, children cycling, musicians playing, traditional actors performing, and a sense of enjoyment of the city.
Our events include various types of playful activities in the streets, to raise awareness of how much more space—and fun—we could have if our streets weren’t clogged with cars.
If Indian cities can succeed in reclaiming space from cars and giving it back to people...surely other cities can as well!
It’s great to see cities like Delhi and Dhaka try to reduce the use of cars...but it would be far better if they chose solutions that have been proven effective elsewhere.
I often blog about what I would like to see happen...today I write about sharing of some of our successful programs to return street spaces to more important uses than just traffic jams for cars.
Health is about much more than health care...so HealthBridge is helping to organize an upcoming conference in Dhaka on the importance of health promotion to create an environment which makes it easier for people to stay healthy...and avoid all the misery of falling ill.