Pedestrians are an afterthought

Driving through the Thursday evening rush at Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s mazar, I noticed pedestrians struggling to climb over the divider on the road and stumbling into the path of cars. The reason is that the divider is built in a patently pedestrian unfriendly way: it’s a couple of feet high, with sharply sloping sides and only the width of a brick to stand on in the centre.

I think the reason it was built this way was to prevent drug addicts and the homeless from sleeping there, but the cure is worse than the disease: pedestrians crossing the road have to balance precariously on the divider while cars whiz by. I once foolishly decided to cross the road on foot and nearly slipped off the divider myself.

Who are the designers responsible for this madness? How does the process work? If anyone knows, please, share the information here. Else I will add it to my list of things to find out, and will post my findings.

8 Comments so far

  1. verysmart (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 2:59 am

    I have seen some pics of the place on flickr lately, and it appeared to me that they are bulding some kind of padestrian bridge over the roads, was I dreaming or was it something else?

  2. Danny (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 4:56 am

    Perhaps it was built the way in order to not allow pedestrians from crossing at any point they wish. They should only be able to cross at designated zebra crossings.

    You yourself say it is “foolish” to cross the road. Our masses need to be educated that you cannot cross the road where ever you please (for your own safety). Here in the US, you can get a ticket from the police for doing that.

  3. Danny (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 4:58 am

    It’s called jaywalking

  4. yo yo (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 5:26 am

    Now someone is gonna be crushed at one of these illegal crossing spots. And it will be the fault of President of Pakistan and Mullahs.

  5. Anon (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    This is how it works:

    1) Replace perfectly serviceable sidewalks with inferior quality ones which deteroite very fast.
    (it helps to have contacts in the military)

    2) weaken roads in the process by ripping up old sidewalks along with bits of the road to replace with new

    3) repeat throughout the city

    So much men, money and machines dedicated to this stupid project while roads all over the city remain unbuilt. Some general decides to beautify the city while making money off it, and without a thought the city govt. falls in line.

    It it weren’t so tragic, it’d be funny.

    Half the city has no roads or drinking water, and the city govt. persists in its folly of replacing sidewalks throughout the city.

    Take a good look at any “new” sidewalk a few months after it’s been installed, they are already falling apart.

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    i agree with danny.. the fault lies as much with the pedestrians as with anyone else.

    And i think the reason the dividers are that high at so that at night, people driving can see ahead without the glare of oncoming traffic in their eyes.

    I recently found out the usefullness of such dividers on the Submarine Chowk to Sunset blvd road, where a similar divider is placed… Atleast there, you can see in front of you at night, without the glare of the oncoming traffic blinding you.

  7. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

    unlike other countries
    pedestrian in our country dont really have any right to be alive/human..
    incase a car hits a man on the road its man’s fault in our country..
    in our daily life.. i dont think we actually do care about em

  8. Dee Dee (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    after havign to deal with buses over taking u like its the indy 500, motorcycles making percision scrathed along the side of ure car and that typical civic driving idiot who thinks hese mike shumacher with an expensive stereo nearly causing you to roll your car… u see that bloody idiot darting accross the road as if it is completely obvious that the on coming car is advanced enough to stop on its on.. for a spit second.. dont u just want keep going.. ?.. really.. dont u just want press on the gas..?

    i think that dividers are great.. but in order to stop jay walking which is potentially lethal to EVERYONE.. dividers are great.. but we could do better by puttign the fear of god in them.. !!

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