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Bengaluru, India’s ‘Garden City’, is facing a growing dilemma. The once green streets now suffer from thick air laden with exhaust fumes and traffic congestion, affecting commuters’ health and testing their patience. The previous articles in this series explained the impact of vehicular exhaust emissions on citizen health and the need for integrated planning to promote sustainable mobility. This article focuses on the potential of active mobility to tackle pollution and congestion in Bengaluru.

Non-motorised transport (NMT) or active mobility can be beneficial in alleviating traffic congestion and lowering air pollution in Bengaluru. Particularly, cycling and walking are sustainable transportation modes that offer benefits such as reduced reliance on fossil fuels, zero emissions, health improvements through increased physical activity, and affordability for low-income households.

The final article in this series will focus on the implementation of Electric Mobility as a Service (eMaaS) to overcome the traffic bottlenecks in Bengaluru.

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Breathing in Bengaluru: Pedalling Towards a Healthier, Happier City