An item in The Times of India (March 19) reported on the results of a survey which showed that the public believe that the poor quality of our roads is the No. 1 reason, followed closely by poor traffic management and lack of proper (sic) infrastructure like flyovers for traffic congestion, which itself appears, according to the item, to be the primary public concern. I can certainly empathize with the frustration with the congestion on our roads, having been stuck in traffic in Bangalore and other Indian cities, but I am concerned that this frustration will lead to an excessive, even if not exclusive, focus on road-building (and road widening) as a solution to our urban transport woes.
While there is an important role for personal and other motor vehicles (and infrastructure for these modes, as well as effective traffic management), there is also a crucially important role for walking and cycling, and infrastructure and facilities — such as controlled pedestrian crossings — for the safe and convenient use of these modes, if we want to mitigate the serious impacts of rapidly growing motor vehicle activity.
Source: Times of India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)