Those who plan and design the alternatives should keep in mind the inherent tendency and make the alternative in such a way that it is not discouraging and as close to the original.
However we should be convinced that shortcuts are not at all good and should consciously avoid taking shortcuts.
This is the very same reason why skywalks, overbridges and subways have become WHITE ELEPHANT projects of many metro municpals
the reasons in my views are many and can be
a. we've all grown with a culture where in we have to find the quickest way for anything, this overrides any common sense and sense of safety that one should have - A 10 year old child drives a car - parents happily pat him on his back, post selfies forgetting that they has already made that child a person who ignores rules, safety and increasing takes on risks
b.lack of civic awareness
c.under-estimating the risk
d.and yes herd mentality
Often using a skywalk means walking for some distance, crossing over and the walking back again to the point, this becomes tedious with lots of luggage to be dragged or carried along
Lack of proper lighting
3. Risk factors
These sky walks often have hawkers, vendors, beggars and antisocial elements
Unruly people smoking, spitting and urinating some times
fear of being harassed, abused or assaulted
If one were to address all these with equal importance, then with time this will change.
Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.
I have cited this example earlier too, but it is parents who teach their children to break rules. Children follow by example and as adults do what they saw their parents doing. Driving on the wrong side of the road, jumping traffic signals and breaking queues are some of the things we do, without batting an eyelid. We violate all rules and care a hang about them. However, when we go abroad, we follow all the rules.
I wish people were penalised for breaking rules. They not only put themselves in danger but create a risk for others as well. Fines should be levied on anyone who does not follow rules.
Foot over bridges aren't maintained. They are dirty and rainwater collects in puddles on the landings, making it difficult to cross. Drunkards, drug addicts, homeless and stray animals occupy parts of these bridges, making them unsafe. So, despite my views on lack of discipline, I don't blame people for not using them.
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"To save time they lose life "
Service to mankind is service to God.