Cross Cut Road Complete Streets Transformation
IBI Group created a safer, more functional and welcoming streetscape for the diverse visitors and retail workers of Coimbatore’s essential retail district. We provided preparatory research services, including public engagement and analysis of the street and its context, developed the design and collaborated with partners on installation.
Creating a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly retail destination for the city of Coimbatore
The Cross Cut Road Complete Streets Project is a sustainable development collaboration between the Indian and German governments in partnership with the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation. IBI Group was retained to research and draft design proposals, work with partners to implement it, document the project, and refine the streetscape over time, reflecting user feedback.
Drawing on what we learned during a detailed study of the existing shopping district and robust public consultations, we created a pragmatic but innovative streetscape design for Cross Cut Road that recognized and enhanced use by pedestrians and cyclists. Our goal was to improve the district’s navigation, safety and overall experience through user-informed feedback.
Our design added safe intersections and crosswalks, protected bicycle lanes, organized spaces for street vendors and public seating areas. Colourful cultural elements, including paintings and planters added beauty while signaling the pedestrian-centric nature of the district, delineating different use areas and helping to slow traffic.
This streetscape improvement project was a logical extension of our previous work in the city, creating a citywide non-motorized transport master plan methodology.
The Cross Cut Road Complete Streets project is supported by the Indo-German Development Cooperation as part of the Integrated Sustainable Urban Transport Systems for Smart Cities (SMART-SUT) initiative. SMART-SUT is a joint effort of the Government of India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Germany’s international development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, working on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.