“Save our Footpath’s” continues…

Enough expectations from BMP to save our footpaths but do citizens also play their part in maintaining them walkable… While on an evening walk I could spot these bother-less bikers excursionating across… just sparing me of my life !

image quality regretted..along the cause.

7 Comments so far

  1. M O H A N (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    The primary reason a bike rider is on footpaths are

    a) The traffic light turns green in envy only for 20 seconds and his waitlist is even longer than his shortbreak from office life…so its a short cut to position his chariot at the fabled zebra cross ( if one exists) and zoom before the green lights become angry red

    b)Fly overs are another blunders. Just come to silkboard junction or bannerghatta jayadeva flyover as examples and you can understand the biking fellows problems. Due to absence of tunrs,a biker is forced to travel 1.5 km in opposite direction ( in chock a block condition) and reverse back. So he takes the educated short cut which is 50 meters

    c) Deadly pot holes with stagnating water and broken drainage piples. You try to cross that and a bigger vechile will dounce you with every possible microorganisum you knew.

    d) Strangely, urgency in terms of reaching home early , keeping a clients appointment or rushing to a doctor are the last straws.

    Okay, what does the 3 and 4 wheeler do in those cases, since he can not get on to the foot path, he has to wait.

  2. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    Mohan, I don’t think it is acceptable. Point #B is surely an issue but is faced by all vehicles and not acceptable under the provisions of law at all..

    On urgency, everyone has urgency that does not mean you create inconvinience for others at their cost…then running over pedestrians should also justfy under ‘urgency’ and buses will start ramming cars to get ahead of them…isnt’ it!!

  3. M O H A N (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 2:57 pm


    Yes, none of the above listed things are law abiding. In fact those would be the views you would get from bikers on footpath. BTW, ramming of cars due to urgency, killing pedestrians are the daily saccour of trucks and BMTC.

    The point is nothing above is ACCEPTABLE. Forget law or otherwise. If we focus on imporving the infrastructre, these kinds of nightmares would diminish is the idea.

    Lets look at the root cause and treat it, the symptoms while go away.

  4. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    Mohan, i do have seen these thing’s happening on the best of the roads when everyone is waiting on the signal and these bikers just took things for granted… none of conditions mentioned by you were applicable to the situation I was posting…

    I understand there are challenges but if everyone takes it lightly giving justifications there will be no hope for reforms…

    Root cause is civic sense and respect for each other. Unfortunately our education system lacks a complete subject called ‘civics’ at the level when we award degrees and PUC’s…the fresher lot of adults!!

    I have experienced people honking behind my car even if the signal is red as they see there is an opportunity to sneak away!! the ‘chaltahai’ attitude seems florishing ….

  5. M O H A N (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 5:06 pm


    Yes you have some valid points there. The last para described by you is the most ugliest one.

    In fact sometimes if you dont jump the red light ( which its turning from amber) you meet with an accident.

    Civic sence is the most wanted thing of the hour.

  6. silkboard (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

    Aha Rajesh! The term is Amphibian Bikers

  7. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    oh yes, missed that!!

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