Friday, August 04, 2006

Access controls on roads

Bombays highways (highways by Indian standards, not international) have done a good job in keeping pedestrians out of the roads (mostly). Those who know how they used to be will agree.

Some roads are raised, some have sloping embankments, some have underpasses and some have high medians. But the best innovation I saw was a simple barbed wire fence with 2 wires on the raised median near Everard Nagar on the Eastern Express highway. Concrete has failed (people still try and climb), iron railings have failed (people cut through it for a shortcut), but this one looks good. Not one single person dares to cross it.

Simple rule: Increase the cost of breaking a "rule". Be it talking on phones while driving or crossing roads or stopping terror.

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