Flyovers: Boon 0r Bane ?


A team from Citizens Alliance for Promotion of Responsive Governance carried out study of IIT and Dhaula Kuan flyovers. The study was conducted over a period of 8 weeks. A short video film has also been produced which includes interviews with various road users.Can he cross safely?Pedestrians risking lives

2.      The study indicates that there is an urgent necessity to ensure that a)     All current and future projects on road sections be undertaken in consultations with all stakeholders prior embarking on a project.
b)    Road safety Audits must be carried out on all current and future projects.
c)     Road Safety Assessments should also be carried on completion of all projects and at regular intervals to cater for changes in traffic pattern.
d)    Carry out an assessment immediately to Identify spots where subways and over bridges need to be constructed.
e)     Maintenance agencies, PWD, BSES, NDPL etc should be directed to ensure regular repair and maintenance of road sections, signage, traffic signals, pedestrians crossings and street lights.
f)      Special attention should be paid to ensure that footpaths are free from encroachments and are fit for pedestrian use at al times.
g)     Pedestrians’ crossings must be planned and markings should be clearly visible at all times throughout the year.
h)     Pedestrian lights should be catered for, at all busy crossings. A study may please be initiated at for this purpose immediately.

Flyovers: Vulnerable Pedestrians

Filed under: Traffic Management

1.  Seized with the problem of mounting number of accidents and deaths on the roads, it was decided by CAPRG to study the causes for accidents on Delhi roads. Reasons put forward by experts and academicians are well known, viz Driver related, User related, Vehicle related, Environment related, Road related, and Traffic related. However, when the behavioural patterns of road users were studied it was noted that many actions of road users, which could result in accidents, were due to factors beyond their control. It was also noted that behaviour of road users was greatly dependent upon road conditions, signage, footpaths, pedestrians’ crossings, presence, or absence of subways and footbridges. 

 

2.      Study indicates that lacunae in the design and maintenance of roads and pedestrian facilities are major factors leading to accident situations. (A copy of the study is attached).
a)     Road sections are mainly designed to cater to easing the problems faced by fast moving traffic; problems faced by Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) are not adequately addressed   at the planning and design stages. This bias needs to change.
b)    Road sections are designed and constructed by governmental agencies and contractors, without adequate consultations with all stakeholders. This area can and should be remedied immediately.
c)     Safety and security of all road users is of equal importance.
d)    Continued Maintenance of roads, signage, and pedestrian related utilities is as important as the initial planning and execution of a project.
e)     Assessments of shift in road usage patterns must be carried out periodically, as they impinge upon safety of all road users