The pain of being a poor pedestrianIn big cities and towns in India with the increasing traffic pedestrians on the road are always on the mercy of the vehicle drivers to allow them to walk safely or cross the road. It is a common sight to see pedestrians waving their hands to vehicle owners to slow down and allow them to cross the road. Sometimes we see women or senior citizens with kids holding both their hands struggling to cross the road and repeatedly making the unsuccessful attempts to cross the road by moving forward and then again going back.
Vehicle owners have become the king on the roads and they are always in a hurry. Are they really so busy? They hate to slow down or stop for pedestrians. Sometimes it seems they are testing the brakes of their vehicles as they only stop suddenly as the last resort when they feel it is mandatory and if they do not, they may hit the pedestrians.
Footpaths were supposed to be a heaven for the pedestrians on the congested roads but nowadays footpaths have also been invaded by the two wheelers and four wheelers. It has become a nightmare for people to even walk safely at one side of the road.
Don't the pedestrians deserve equal rights on the road? It is high time when vehicle owners start respecting pedestrians and give them their part of the right to use the road.