When Worlds Collide #89: Our Long Road to Cleaner and Safer Cities…

When Worlds Collide, by Nalaka Gunawardene

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 27 October 2013

Indian environmental activist Sunita Narain was seriously injured while cycling in New Delhi last Sunday, October 20.

She was hit by a car while on her daily cycling run near Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She suffered fractures on both her arms and her nose, and underwent nine hours of surgery. She is currently recovering. The car had fled without stopping.

This news was particularly shocking as Sunita is an old friend — and alarming because she has been at the forefront calling for safer and healthier cities in South Asia.

“Cyclists in Indian cities are being edged out systematically to make way for cars – sometimes literally so,” said a statement from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the independent research and advocacy group that Sunita heads.


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