The latest fad in Bangalore is motorbikes racing down pavements to get to the top of the line of traffic halted at a traffic signal. Woe betide if you are a pedestrian on Richmond Road or Residency Road or any of the large arterial roads in the heart of the city.
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Very often you will get a motorbike rider or scooterist, provoking your annoyance by honking at you to get out of his way – on the pavement! It’s a dangerous bane that is spreading and it is because we pedestrians are reticent and very obligingly move away, that they have the audacity to do it in the first place.
As we all know, the road is for the vehicle and the pavement is for us a pedestrian. If we walk on the road even if the pavement is clogged, that is considered jay walking and a traffic policeman can book you.
Similarly if a bike rider comes onto the pavement, the traffic policeman should book him. Since the police are busy manning the lights and cannot be everywhere at the same time, a law should be passed in the city banning the use of the pavement by motobike riders. This is really a given, and we should not need a law to understand this – but obviously in our city it is not understood or conveniently flouted. ⊕