Lines make a difference
Each time I go to ITPL, neat lines and markings painted on the roads inside that complex make me think – why not have those on all city roads as well? Friends tell me the lines wont make a difference. When we break rules with cops in sight, who do you think will observe these polite markings!? Well, I disagree. Lines can make a difference. Two examples to make my point.
1) Hope you noticed that the new Marathahalli bridge has a bright double yellow line as traffic direction separator. I have observed more than a few times that drivers are conscious of crossing it. Shiny cat-eyes on the line are a bonus – they remind you the moment you spill over. Yes, some taxis, BMTC buses do jump around, but the line constantly reminds them that they are in wrong territory and must get back. Most of the times they do.
Here is another one from the bridge during evening rush hour. I was in a cab, and was surprised to see him respect the ‘line’!
Without the lines, right at the entrance to this bridge, this is how life usually is. Not that clear markings would completely solve the problem. But there is nothing to constantly remind the drivers that they might be erring. (Note: pic was taken before the bridge opened, but the scene is similar even now)
2) Another example – parking. See how that zen and the van have their own standards here? The zen effectively choked a nice two lane road (in front of Angadi Silks, JP Nagar) into single lane annoying many drivers. Try arguing with these careless ‘parkers’, and their answer – how do I know where exactly and how to park? If there was a line on the side demarcating parking and driving zones on the road, I bet many drivers would try to observe them.
Sure, lines, markings and signage alone are not enough. Many cabbies and aggressive sorts would still break the norms. But the props at least make them feel bad while doing it, and make it easy for activists like you and me to capture evidences of their misdemeanors :)