Citizens' meet today for walkers' rights

 A citizens' group is demonstrating for pedestrian rights  on Saturday. Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) has called a meeting on Richmond Circle  on Saturday  at  3.30 pm.

Its campaign #NadiyaluBidi (Let Us Walk) has already kicked off on social media.

"The city lacks in pedestrian infrastructure. We want roads where people can walk freely without any fear," said Srinivas Alavilli of CfB.

More pedestrians in Bengaluru have died in accidents than other road users in 2017.  The numbers are staggering: 284 pedestrians killed and 1,346 injured.  Children, youth, college students and senior citizens are expected to join the initiative in large numbers.

Tara Krishnaswamy, another CfB member, said, "The right to walk and pedestrian signals are one of the demands put forth by citizens as part of Beku Beda Santhe (a campaign that brings together people who have been fighting for various civic issues), organised last year."

On Saturday's demonstration, Tara said, "The event is being organised to ask for the basic rights of pedestrians."  

They are also opposing unnecessary skywalks in the city.

"After the MG Road skywalk project, we thought of this campaign. Skywalks are necessary only on highways and on the outer ring roads, but not inside the city.

Most of the skywalks are unused and are only meant for advertisement hoardings. Constructing skywalks inside the city is a waste of public money," she said.

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