MAINTENANCE:he authorities should ensure that pedestrian pathways are kept in good condition
JUST how pedestrian-friendly are the city's walkways? To promote a safe city concept, the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) announced last October that walkways needed to be separated from motorists with either hedges and plants or steel or stone bollards which act as a deterrent against snatch theft.
That aside, are the physical conditions of pedestrian walkways making journeys on foot easier for city folk? A Streets check in Bangsar, Brickfields, Petaling Jaya and other areas revealed defects, damage and abuse of the walkways.
The covered walkaway along Dataran Maybank leading to the Bangsar LRT station, would seem to be a snatch-theft proof area because of its railings but motorcyclists could be seen riding on the footways nonchalantly.
A passerby, who only wanted to be known as Azmah, said she had come across many motorcyclists riding on the walkways to avoid the traffic in Jalan Bangsar. She said they also parked their motorcycles on the walkways.
"This is dangerous for us pedestrians as they come up from behind. What if it is a snatch thief?" she asked.
Han King Guan, 40, said he feared for the safety of pedestrians as some of the tiles were broken or uneven.
"People can trip over them. Imagine if it's a pregnant woman or the elderly.
They can get hurt. Sometimes when it rains, water collects too. I've not seen these tiles being replaced," he said.
Checks around Brickfields showed rampant abuse of pedestrian walkways. Some motorists had parked their vehicles on the walkways.
We spotted (picture right) a vehicle parked on a pavement with tactiles even though there were vacant parking bays on both sides of Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad.
In Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, we saw railings on the inner side of the pedestrian pathway along the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre stretch. Shouldn't the railings be on the outer side facing the main road, thus helping to keep snatch thieves away?
In Jalan Bukit Bintang, streets peddlers make a living on the pedestrian walkways.
Arshad Laqeeb, a Middle Eastern tourist, said they were an obstruction for pedestrians.