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Road Safety - Road Crossing

Wed, 17/03/2021 - 18:28
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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.

 

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Road Safety - Motorbike Skidding

Wed, 17/03/2021 - 18:07
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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.  

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Road Safety - Pedestrian Problems

Mon, 15/03/2021 - 16:00

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.

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Road Safety - Over Speeding

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 20:01

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.

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Road Safety - Wear Helmet

Wed, 10/03/2021 - 18:37

This happened in 2015 just after getting my college admission. We were returning home on a 2-wheeler. I was the rider with my father as a pillion. Both of us were not wearing helmets that day. At around 8 pm, we were quite close to getting home. A two wheeler travelling in the opposite direction came and hit us. Me and my dad were thrown off the bike. I fell with my face hitting the road and lost consciousness. My dad and other Good Samaritans on the road, came to help me and took me to the hospital. I remember a terrible pain in my face and was told by the doctors that the impact had broken my jaw. I know now how important a helmet is and how it could have saved me from serious injury.  Always wear a helmet.

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Road Safety - Rash Driving by Motorists

Mon, 08/03/2021 - 18:50

In 2021 I took to cycling daily to my gym and back. Earlier my commuting was by bus and train but Covid stopped that. It feels great to be cycling again though I really wish other people were a little considerate towards cyclists. Many times, even when traffic is light, bikes and cars drive very close by, just a few inches away from me. This is quite scary because a small bump or pothole will make the cycle wobble and I can easily end up getting hit by the bike or car. All a motorist has to do is remember to leave a little space between us! Just for everyone’s safety. 

Another problem is when a bike/car wants to turn left, they will overtake me and suddenly cut left just in front of me. So I have to brake hard and stop. Again so dangerous and also very inconsiderate because for a cyclist starting from zero velocity again is so much work! The rule says the vehicle turning left must slow down and follow the vehicle in front till the route is clear to turn. Cyclists and pedestrians, by law, should be given priority.

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Road Safety - Rash Driving by Motorists

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