The virtues of walking are being widely acknowledged in international forums. As a consequence, walking is being promoted as a trustworthy measure and a sustainable transport option in the endeavour of the global community to fight the traffic menace as also its associated health risks and environmental repercussions. However, promoting walking along major road networks or developing certain fully pedestrianized road stretches is a timid response to the overriding agenda of the current times. Walking must become a way of life engulfing all in a single stride. What else may be better suited than our immediate physical environments – our neighbourhoods, which have the potential to make an impeccable impression on all categories of populace.
The present book is an attempt towards furthering and reinforcing the pedestrian spirits at neighbourhood level. Promoting and reinforcing pedestrian culture at the neighbourhood or area level shall be highly instrumental in injecting walking spirits into the daily lives of the residents. Further, this targets everybody equally irrespective of socio-economic and cultural variations. The widely acknowledged principles related to ‘pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods’ are investigated in the diverse neighbourhoods of Amritsar city that may eventually form an assertion for effectuating pedestrian-related improvement initiatives in the city. The city offers enough diversity in its neighbourhoods and serves as an envoy of several other metropolitan cities in the country. Therefore, lessons learnt may be largely or wholly implementable in many metropolitan cities in India.