KOCHI: Walking might be good for health, but not along Kochi’s roads. Many roads in the city, including arterial ones do not have footpaths, forcing people to walk along uneven road shoulders. Insensitive motorists do not care for pedestrians and brush past them at high-speed. Pedestrians are not safe even at zebra lines, where motorists in all civilised countries slow down to give them preference. Out in Kochi, they intimidate pedestrians by trying to speed past before they manage to cross the road.
Bus stops increase when people are reluctant to walk to the next bus stop along unsafe and ill-maintained footpaths.
Better footpaths would mean that more people take to walking up short distances – an inexpensive and non-polluting way to travel.