Safe Access to Mass Transit (SAM) Workshop

In-person training. Involves presentation, discussion, and interaction using game board and maps.

4-5 hours

Primarily applicable to Indian context but can be modified to suit similar geographies.

This interactive workshop familiarizes participants with the principles of safe access to and around mass transit stations, as described in the Safe Access Manual (SAM). In the second part of the workshop, participants apply these principles to a real world scenario. The SAM workshop has been conducted with varied audiences in 9 Indian cities; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is currently being scaled up to other cities around the world.

Why Do This Training?

Growing motorization rates in Indian cities have increased conflicts on roads as pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobile users jostle for space. India has the highest number of road deaths in the world with a reported 140000 fatalities. Air quality has deteriorated across many Indian cities as result of increasing motorization, while pedestrians and non-motorized transport (NMT) users are progressively losing space on streets to private automobiles. Creating space for pedestrians and other NMT users to safely access public spaces and transit stations is critical to preserve and improve the urban experience in Indian cities. By developing safe access plans to mass transit stations, agencies can help ensure equitable and safe access to mobility options and to the city overall.

What Will You Learn?

Learn about 5 vital safe access principles and how to devise solutions through the lens of safe access
Understand the phased process of collaborative planning and decision-making with multiple stakeholders
Discuss, analyse and develop strategies for a real-world case centering around the station areas of a Metro route
Comprehend the importance of designing from a people-oriented perspective

Who Should Participate?

Stakeholders of the station area: residents, elected representatives, NGOs, local associations, shop owners associations, bus association representatives, and similar organisations.


Rajeev Malagi

Manager - Urban Development, Sustainable Cities

WRI India

Prerna V. Mehta

Lead – Urban Development, Sustainable Cities

WRI India

Jaya Dhindaw

Director, Integrated Urban Planning

WRI India

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