Speakers at a webinar put emphasis on creating an environment congenial to both pedestrians and bicyclists, which they believe will reduce the number of private cars on the city’s roads.
If there is a safe atmosphere, people will walk or ride bicycles while travelling a short distance, they said.They came up with the remarks during a meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) in the capital on Tuesday marking the World Car Free Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Nur Mohammad Mazumder said, “We can work with DTCA to fix the number of vehicles needed to meet the transport demand in the city. Besides, by ensuring safe walking environment and launching bus service for school and college going students, we can control the number of vehicles.”
DTCA Executive Director Khandakar Rakibur Rahman said, “We will finalize our plan and implement it after holding discussions on road network plan with City Corporation, land use plan with RAJUK and traffic management with traffic department of police.”
Among others, General Secretary of Bangladesh Institute of Planners Adil Mohammed Khan, Professor of Civil Engineering Department of BUET Md Shamsul Huq and DNCC Chief Engineer Amirul Islam spoke on the occasion.