Pedestrian safety remains one of the major agenda of SRRF. In a recent SRRF article, http://blog.srr-foundation.org/?p=1030; issue of reduction in road fatalities during the current year was discussed.
Another issue that SRRF has been working upon is the condition of pavements. In a recent article in TOI, the issue was also taken up. Some of the suggestions given in the UTTIPEC for footpath designing are:
- All footpaths should be continuous and of the same height.
- Height of a footpath should not be more than 150mm (5.9 inches).
- Footpaths along arterial roads should have height of 100mm (3.9 inches).
- Each footpath should have a ramp with a minimum slope of 1:12 (for a 6 inch footpath, a 720mm slope should be there).
- In case a road is re-carpeted after a footpath is built, the height of the footpath can be reduced till 100mm. But its height should not exceed 150mm.
- There should be tactile warning strips along each footpath for the differently abled. (It may be noted this is a legal requirement which administration must fulfill).
In an RTI filed by SRRF with PWD and MCD (Road) division, it came out that pedestrians are hardly a stakeholder while designing of the roads. This is a major lacuna in road designing resulting in poor pedestrian safety conditions.