Live! From Mumbai. Skywalks. Are these the future in our cities?

Incredibly with the world’s population at seven billion, one in six people live in India. Policy makers, planners and academics around the world believe that eventually we will all have to learn to live in much closer proximity to one another. For this reason I’m in Mumbai, a city of more than 20 million people, to see how they cater for pedestrians.

The Mumbai Skywalk Project is a series of skyways for pedestrian connecting Mumbai’s suburban railway stations  – one of the highest passenger densities of any urban railway system in the world with an estimated 7 million passengers a day – or other high-concentration commercial areas with key destinations such as bus stations and shopping areas.

Mumbai’s thirty-six skywalks are the subject of heated debate. Some criticise the time impediment inflicted on pedestrians, the inconvenience of climbing the stairs and the fact that they are inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities. Others commend the fact that pedestrians are safely separated from traffic. What do you think?

I spent a lot of time at the first Skywalk, completed in 2008, which links Bandra station to Kalanagar Junction. Measuring 1.3 km, reports suggest that it’s used by more than 100,000 people every day.

Please click through the 20 or so images below. I have more that I am happy to share



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“Mumbai’s Walkability Problem: Plenty of Pedestrians, Not Enough Sidewalks” by Mark BergenJan