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Why is being a pedestrian so painful?

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A country where the majority of people are pedestrians and yet, life is made so difficult for us. We can't walk in peace without having to dodge traffic. We can't cross roads in peace without avoiding being run over.

The govt needs to come out with minimum requirements for all roads and get builders to adhere to them. They should include footpaths with minimum width requirement, clear markings of lanes and ped crossings, a lane for hawkers to set up etc. It's one of the reasons why India looks so backward in comparison to other countries like China - the standards of the pedestrian and general road infrastructure. And footpaths are also good for business as people can spend their time window-shopping and browsing shops instead of dodging traffic. And traffic will flow more freely in the absence of pedestrians in the middle. Need some standards to be defined instead of the random construction of roads by builders.
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Walking is great and all but it doesn't help transport goods. Basically Indian cities have to deal with competing needs. Servicing current needs of pedestrians with future requirements of road traffic. To add to the mess is severe space constraints. You can't have everything, so you choose what is necessary for today and the next 30 to 50 years.

With respect to standards, I strongly disagree. India has way too many standards, many of them are woefully outdated and there's a very rigid bureaucracy. What India needs is design principles and design templates. With that you can have local officials spearhead local street interventions. Not every place requires pedestrian pathways, not every place needs vehicles. There are some pretty good interventions that was implemented with Smart cities - Chappan at Indore, Commercial street in Bangalore and Chandi Chowk in Delhi. Indian cities more such interventions. In addition to that, a lot of residential areas like multifamily homes in suburban Chennai or Bangalore needs blacktopping and traffic restrictions. That should resolve a significant issues not just for pedestrians but for everyone

More standards = more bureaucracy.
A country where the majority of people are pedestrians and yet, life is made so difficult for us. We can't walk in peace without having to dodge traffic. We can't cross roads in peace without avoiding being run over.

The govt needs to come out with minimum requirements for all roads and get builders to adhere to them. They should include footpaths with minimum width requirement, clear markings of lanes and ped crossings, a lane for hawkers to set up etc. It's one of the reasons why India looks so backward in comparison to other countries like China - the standards of the pedestrian and general road infrastructure. And footpaths are also good for business as people can spend their time window-shopping and browsing shops instead of dodging traffic. And traffic will flow more freely in the absence of pedestrians in the middle. Need some standards to be defined instead of the random construction of roads by builders.
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