"Clean Air Street - Church Street First project" is a joint initiative between India and UK to pilot air quality improvement initiatives in Bengaluru. Under the Clean Air Street initiative, Church Street in Bengaluru was closed for vehicular traffic every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to midnight for four months from 7th November 2020 till 28th February 2021. The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) was a primary partner along with IST Lab., IISc, Bangalore, and Catapult UK in implementing the Clean Air Street initiative. The focus of this study was to analyze the air quality and public opinion towards pedestrianizing an urban street. Both quantitative and qualitative studies have been carried out to understand the impact of the initiative in terms of Quality of Life (QoL). The project was awarded the “Commendation Award in Urban Transport” as well as the "Best Research Symposium Paper Award (1st Prize)" by MoHUA, GOI at the 14th Urban Mobility India Conference 2021 held on 29th October 2021.
Link to Conference recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZG-bVbkRlQ&t=23679s