Pedestrian Crossing


More Hindrance than Help

Imagine using a pedestrian crossing along a busy road and coming up to a wall of railings. A nifty quick step to look for a gap and squeeze between the railings to get on to the pavement is needed before the impatient traffic zooms by. And judging by the width of the gaps, it’s a feat only managed by the anorexic.

This is the situation at the Jalan Hospital-Fair Park traffic-light junction beside the mosque. The question to be asked is this: are these railings more of a hindrance than help for pedestrians? It also shows that the pavements and crossings in the city are not pedestrian friendly.

Ipoh City Council needs to explain how this could have happened without any of its officials taking note of the situation, or have they chosen to ignore it? Where is the commonsense that there should be an opening at both ends of a pedestrians’ crossing?

The city council is currently erecting railings in various parts of the city in an effort to beautify the city and for the safety of pedestrians. These particular railings (see pic) need to be modified for the safety of those using the pedestrians’ crossing.

Jerry Francis

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3 thoughts on “Pedestrian Crossing

  1. DBI’s pedestrian crossing to nowhere. Highly “”intelligent”” officials work in DBI. The goons may be getting a pay rise, did you know !

  2. Frankly, the railings are quite useless and a waste of taxpayers’ money. It was reported somewhere that the railings were to protect pedestrians and prevent vehicles from parking on the walkways. Can the railings actually stop vehicles from crashing through? No. If many places, there aren’t even any pedestrians at all. Do vehicles usually park at the places where railings were put up? No.

    The railings are made of iron and painted. I wonder just how soon before the railings get stolen by metal thieves. As with other less fancy railings put up by DBI (like the ordinary green tube-type), soon the paint will peel off and rust appears. The railings become eyesores and beautify will become “uglify”.

  3. Thanks for bringing this up, Mr Jerry. Once again they’ve shown us how work is done blindly without common sense.

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