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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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I'm not too sure about other Indian cities, but in older parts of Bengaluru, sidewalks are covered in the shade of large trees, and it works well. There are problems with tree trunks blocking sidewalks, and roots destroying the sidewalks, but overall its a good solution, (it just needs proper maintainance). This sadly isn't possible with the modern sidewalks in Bengaluru (and probably most cities), because utility ducts are now being routed under the sidewalks. This largely prevents trees from being planted for shade, and instead we get western style verges/green patches, which really don't do anything to keep the place cool.
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