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This happened a few years ago. I had had a fever all day and had barely eaten. I had to go out for some reason even though I was feeling quite weak and ill. I was attempting to cross the road and was halfway across, when I saw a bike approaching me at some speed. I couldn’t immediately react - I first moved forward, then back - not sure what to do to get out of their way. The bike hit me with such force that I was thrown some 2 metres off, my body hitting the road with a thud. I was screaming in pain. My shoes and jeans were torn, I was bleeding from the leg and I couldn’t walk properly. People came running to help me and I heard somebody say that the three bikers (they had been triple-riding) had received serious head injuries.
I wish our roads were safer for pedestrians - that we had safer crossing spaces and proper pavements to walk on. That just hitting a pedestrian could cause so much damage to bike riders was also a lesson I learnt that day.
In August 2020, just after the lock down was lifted I was travelling on my bike at around 6’o clock in the morning. A water tanker lorry had just passed ahead of me, leaking water. Oblivious to the water present on the road I was travelling at 40 kmph. A car ahead of me braked hard to avoid hitting a vehicle that stopped abruptly ahead of him. I then applied the brakes on my scooter, lost control, skidded and fell. I was lucky not to have any vehicle behind me or else this could have triggered a chain reaction, possibly hitting me or my bike from behind. It is normal across Chennai to witness water tankers spilling water on the road as they pass by.
Water tankers are a common sight across Chennai. The law needs to ensure that no water leaks out of these vehicles as they travel. Another lesson I have learnt is to be especially careful on wet roads and allow enough room between me and the vehicle in front of me.
I was waiting at the road intersection for the signal to go green. A couple of two wheeler riders were also waiting at the intersection. But unlike me, they were not waiting for the lights to turn green; they just wanted to find a break in traffic and then dart across the road. When the opportunity came, they took off, not caring that the signal was still on red for them. As they started speeding off, a car came from the opposite direction and nearly hit the passing bikes. It was a narrow escape for these signal breakers.
Another common and dangerous road rule violation that I notice on the roads of Chennai is that two wheeler use pavements. Thanks to the Chennai Corporation our footpaths in many areas got a face lift. However the benefits for the pedestrians were short lived as many two wheeler riders continue to use the footpath to overcome the traffic congestion on the roads. What more, these riders honk at the pedestrians who walk at the footpath! Even the footpaths are not safe for the hapless pedestrian.
On February 17th 2019, at around 9 am,I was travelling to Vandalur for my college project. We were a group of friends, all on their own bikes. I had one friend riding pillion with me. One of my friends started overtaking all of us and this started a road race, where I sped trying to stay ahead. Soon,we were all racing on the busy and dangerous highway stretch near Tambaram. Negotiating a curve at high speed, my vehicle skidded hurling me and my friend to the ground. My hand was badly injured in the fall, with broken bones. My friend suffered serious injuries to his face. It took us nearly 6 months to fully recover from the road crash. Now I have taken an oath to drive safely and also wear a helmet at all times. I also urge all of you to drive safely and always wear a helmet. Roads are not meant for racing. Sensible speeds are important on roads - for our own safety and that of others.