According to an estimate by Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), about 40 per cent of Delhi’s roads have no sidewalks. Further, Delhi reported 423 pedestrian deaths in 2012, which is much higher compared to Mumbai and Chennai combined.
As a pedestrian, it is important to be vigilant. If you are walking with a child, ensure that you always hold their hand, to prevent them from tripping and falling, or even running on the road. Here are a few other safety measures: Be identified: It is important that the drivers can see you, especially after sunset. Avoid wearing dark colours at night; wear bright or reflective colours so that you are clearly visible on the road. This prevents collisions and hitand-run accidents. Also, in a country like India, where the streets are not always well lit, consider carrying a torch and make sure to cross at a well-lit spot. Stand away from stationary vehicles while crossing, so that the on-coming traffic is able to see you. While crossing/walking on the road: Avoid crossing the road at underpasses and overbridges. Use the dedicated subways/walk-over bridges. It is important to walk on the pavement. If such pavements are not available, make sure to walk on the right side of the road (beyond the white margin), so that you are facing the flow of traffic. While walking with children, hold their hands and ensure that you come between them and the flowing traffic. Wait for the pedestrian signals while crossing. If there are no signals, look well before you cross. Also, watch out for vehicles wanting to take a turn to your right or left. Look at the road while walking; do not be too engrossed in a conversation (with a companion) or on your mobile phone. Lower the sound of your headphones, so that you are aware of the incoming traffic noises. Identify parked vehicles, especially at dusk/ dawn/night: Parking lights and security alarms have been installed in vehicles for your benefit as well. Be aware of these signals when walking near parking lots and other parking spaces on the road.