Foot Passenger: Stop! This Is My Road!

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Yes I am extremely troubled by the road and traffic conditions in my country! Reason? I have a commuting time of 2 hours daily to work and back home. It’s the most agitating 2 hours of my day!

In the past few years we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of vehicles on the road and the current infrastructure is not enough to support it. The increase in vehicles however, is not an indication that the people driving them are all aware of traffic rules and regulations. While the transit to work and back is filled with unsafe lane changes, tail-gating, excessive honking, there’s the additional issue of dealing with pedestrians.

Yesterday, I was driving through a street and my side of the lane was blocked by 3 boys (teenagers) on foot. Instead of walking in single file on the side of the road, they chose to walk together abreast, consequently blocking the traffic. When I signaled to them to move out of my way, one of the kids looked at me and gave an exasperated expression as if he had every right to walk in the middle of the road and that I had disturbed his highness. The boy looked like he must be going to a good school which brings us to the conclusion that the problem of unawareness about basic things is rife among the educated as well as the uneducated.

Everyday, several pedestrians ignore the pedestrian bridges on Islamabad Highway and choose to cross over amid extremely fast moving traffic. Laziness is the only logical explanation for such behavior. They can’t climb a few steps to cross over safely because that’s a longer route. Therefore, they choose to put their own lives and those of others at risk. What’s even more astonishing is that mostly this behavior is observed right beneath or a couple of feet away from the pedestrian bridge. Pedestrians can also be seen running across the road, or strolling across and then breaking into a run upon sighting fast approaching traffic.

It’s true that we don’t have foot paths to assist pedestrians and that our local authorities need to do a lot to improve conditions for both on-foot and vehicular traffic. However, we should also do our part and avail the facilities that have been provided to us. We should spread awareness about traffic and pedestrian rules and follow them to make our lives simpler.

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