The whole of Bangalore is talking about how bad the traffic is and how to unlock it. But no one is really concerned about the very neglected pedestrian. Ruthless vehicle owners do not stop to allow even old people cross. There is an unwritten rule which says, "me first".
Crossing roads has become a great challenge today where no one cares. If this continues and we choose to do nothing about it, our ‘Swalpa adjust madkoli’ attitude may cost us. The already dangerous conditions on our road may become worse for all pedestrians. We at Gandhigiri decided to launch a citizens initiative called Savdhan where we take on and tackle the issue rather than just complain.
Lack of properly laid footpaths, poor illumination of the roads, haphazard parking of vehicles, absence of pedestrian dedicated zebra crossings, pedestrian crossings and lack of awareness among road users & pedestrians are the greatest problems. Gandhigiri has come out with a pedestrian safety programme called Savdhan. Savdhan is a people’s initiative led by me wherein, we the people will create a safe walking environment.
In the west, people stop their vehicles at traffic signals or even in absence of a signal they will wait for a pedestrian to cross. Everything is just the opposite in our country. The experience that a pedestrian is left with is that of fear and helplessness. He/she is often left wondering if he should have ventured for his purchase by walk or taken his two wheeler and avoided being treated like an invisible soul.
We are all well aware that pedestrians don’t have a place in our traffic and face grave danger, at the mercy of broken footpaths and absence of over bridges. If no one chooses to do anything about it, the problem may become grave and pedestrian centric accidents may become the order of the day.
This is the plan of action we chalked out to make pedestrian safety a reality.
The whole of Sanjaynagar and all its 28 RWAs have extended their support to this cause and are working towards making this walk successful.
- To have a safe environment for all those people who walk on the roads.
- To ensure that every individual feels safe, while using the roads for walking.
- To encourage children to cross the roads without any fear and instill road sense in elders too.
- Creating an environment, which is calm and peaceful to walk.
- Eliminate the fear factor present in people about walking.
- Encourage walking.
Plan of action
- Involve government bodies to support the cause.
- Who to involve – the traffic police, the traffic engineers, the ward corporator, the local BBMP, BESCOM, BWSSB, corporates in our area, civil engineers, people of the locality, all the RWA’s (residents welfare associations.
- Schools can also be involved
If we have all this in place, our dream of having safe walking space will not be a distant dream.⊕