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Moments from the 2nd Livable Cities South Asia Regional Meeting

February 28, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Bangladesh, Cars, Children, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Nepal, Public Spaces, Socializing, Walking Post a comment!

By Phaebra Abraham, HealthBridge Regional Manager for South Asia

We all travelled to Bangalore, India, to host and participate in the 2nd Livable Cities South Asia Regional Meet, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017.

On the first day we focused on learning about the Active and Safe Route to School Program, as well as on park reclaiming activities.

On the second day, the team celebrated Cycle Day with Kumara Park Layout, Bangalore. Thanks to DULT (Directorate of Urban Land and Transport) for arranging the day for us.

Partners from India, Nepal and Bangladesh attended to exchange knowledge and best practices. Special thanks to ESAF for hosting the team!

The ESAF Team from the cities of Bangalore, Nagpur, Cochin and Trichur conducted exposure visits to inclusive parks for our Nepal partner. We also met a community partner, learning from their experiences of promoting non-motorised transport, one neighbourhood at a time.

Lakshmi from ESAF, Bangalore, sharing her experiences and lesson learned in implementing the Active and Safe Route to School program with a community partner and local government.

We wrapped up the 5th day with, “who is going to do what”:

  • Bangladesh to replicate inclusive and open gym concept in Dhaka;
  • India, to re-design  policy interventions and 
  • Nepal to promote and engage local governments in making Kathmandu walkable along with reclaiming its public spaces.

Read more about our Livable Cities work in South Asia

Goodbye, till we meet again!
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