Bifurcating roads into solid halves in a road-scarce city does not help matters. Nagpur's wheeled and stretchable medians perhaps have more advantages
Miles of monstrous and crude medians have come to permanently divide the few roads that were spared from being turned ‘one way' in Bangalore.
One wished if the authorities (BBMP + Traffic Police) could have been more creative in finding an alternative to the old yellow painted medians.
True, road users make liberal use of the other half of the road, especially if the demand on that side is not so acute. But bifurcating the roads into solid halves in a road-scarce city does not help matters. Women, kids, the aged and the infirm find the medians insurmountable. They also put to great inconvenience the users in need of frequent crossing of roads, such as milk and newspaper delivery boys, postwomen, scavengers tugging at garbage bins etc. Some of them use the roads only around dawn when there is no traffic. They now have to trudge the entire length of the roads to get to the other side.
Traffic flows are mostly unidirectional in the city as people rush for work in the mornings and return home in the evenings. Concrete medians have eliminated flexibility of road use in such rush hours.
Authorities in Nagpur (as I recently observed during my visit) have installed wheeled and stretchable medians to overcome the problem.
These are effortlessly stretched if the traffic flows have to be strictly regulated during rush hours and contracted during relaxed hours.
Being totally stretchable or collapsible, they can bifurcate the roads in necessary proportions, leaving only as much portion of the road for the other side as is necessary. Will the City fathers lend their ears to such or the other solutions to avert the city becoming non-negotiable for pedestrians?
M. A. Siraj