Tibabiganya, suggest better ideas on zebra-crossings!

By Vision Reporter

SIRâ€" I thank Mr M.K. Tibabiganya for the letter “Act on the dreadful traffic jams in the city” in last Thursday’s edition. He raised important issues and evidently has considerable knowledge about the subject.

SIR— I thank Mr M.K. Tibabiganya for the letter “Act on the dreadful traffic jams in the city” in last Thursday’s edition. He raised important issues and evidently has considerable knowledge about the subject. However, some of the corrective actions he proposes appear not to be well grounded. I am particularly concerned about Kampala Road, which has heavy trafficked and has closely spaced junctions. It would not be useful to site six or more zebra-crossings along this road, as the high pedestrian flow would dominate the crossings and delay motorists excessively. There is all the evidence to suggest that traffic flow would worsen, as is the case with the zebra-crossing opposite the Main Post Office. Kampala Road has a central refuge on most of the length to assist pedestrians to cross easily, as the traffic is more straight forward. Six or more zebra-crossings on such a short stretch of road would be quite an abnormal design, more so because on much of the length the traffic lanes are less than ten metres. Zebra-crossings are also known to increase front-rear vehicle collisions and their location in areas with little or no previous accident record can have an adverse effect on road safety. It is always important when locating zebra-crossings on busy roads to strike an appropriate balance between traffic flow and road safety. Could Mr Tibabiganya suggest locations for the zebra-crossings he proposes on Kampala Road? Ivan Katamba Kampala

Tibabiganya, suggest better ideas on zebra-crossings!