Rumble strips: Despite hassles, pilot project likely to be replicated
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Even as the pilot project initiated at the roundabout of Sector 19-27 is causing problems for the commuters, the project is likely to be implemented at other roundabouts as well. In order to ensure that cyclists do not have to negotiate with traffic at roundabouts, a new system was introduced. However, this is causing inconvenience to the commuters with frequent accidents being reported.
The cycle tracks along the roads reach a dead end and then non-motorised vehicles are required to negotiate with the other vehicles at the roundabout. As per the project, the cyclists instead of having to negotiate with the traffic on the roundabouts can now travel a little ahead on the cycle tracks and then through a break in the median go to the other side. Due to this, drivers of non-motorised vehicles are required to cross two roads.
Before the cyclists cross the roads, rumble strips have been constructed. At the rumble strips, accidents are happening frequently. Two to three accidents on average are occurring everyday near the roundabout. This further causes traffic jams. Police personnel deputed at the roundabout say commuters are frequently meeting with accidents and they are settling the disputes everyday.
SP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary says, "At present, people are not used to the presence of rumble strips near the roundabout. Once the system is present at most of the roundabouts, people will get used to it and would automatically slow down. The cyclists and drivers of non-motorised vehicles also need to be given the right of way. A few teething problems are being experienced which would be taken care of. People need to be sensitised. While signages have been installed, these could be shifted a little."
Another problem being experienced is that the drivers of two-wheelers are using the cuts in the medians as short cuts for taking a U-turn. This further causes problems for the drivers of vehicles coming from the opposite side.