31 August, 2009

Pedestrian Walkway as Part of Bridge Design


In Malaysia, almost all of bridges are provided with pedestrian walkway on both sides of the bridge. Usually, the pedestrian walkway is raised several cm above the pavement surface. I am not sure how many pedestrian will ever use the walkway within a day, a week or a month since most of the bridges are located very far from the community.

The raised pedestrian walkway is very dangerous to the motorists especially to the motorcyclists. The motorcyclists can easily hit the raised pedestrian way and cause them to be hit by other vehicles along the road. The existence of the raised pedestrian walkway also causes motorcyclists to encroach into the travelling lane of other vehicles increases the chances of the motorcyclists being hit by other vehicles.

The only used of the pedestrian walkway is by anglers who use the bridge as a perfect staging point of their fishing rods to attract more fish. However, most of the time, there is a notice board somewhere in the vicinity of the bridges discouraging people from fishing along the bridge.

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