Dubai Plans to build 18 more pedestrian bridges this year after a report issued from Dubai Police Department.
Dubai Police statistics show that although there was a 20 per cent drop in pedestrian deaths in 2008 compared to 2007, there was a 13 per cent increase in accidents involving pedestrians last year. There were 754 reported accidents with 106 pedestrian deaths last year compared to 665 accidents causing 132 pedestrian deaths in 2007.
According to Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) there are 22 pedestrian bridges in Dubai. Eight of them built last year. RTA is planning to increase the no. of pedestrian bridges to 40 by the end of 2009.
“We will have a total of 40 pedestrian bridges by the end of this year,” said a spokesperson of the Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).
“Our aim is to provide maximum safety to pedestrians and to reduce traffic accidents involving people crossing the roads,” said the spokesperson.
Almost all the pedestrian bridges are air-conditioned and have escalators and lifts to encourage their use.
Dubai will have 97 pedestrian crossings by March 2010 when the Dubai Metro is completed. All the 47 stations of the Dubai Metro will have pedestrian crossings, including 37 bridges and 10 underpasses.
The RTA has also installed signs near pedestrian bridges warning people not to cross the roads at undesignated places. It is a violation to cross the road at undesignated places, especially on a road that has a speed limit above 80km/h. The fine for this violation is Dh200.
Fourteen people were killed while crossing Emirates Road, a 12-lane highway, 12 deaths reported on Shaikh Zayed Road and 8 in the Al Quoz Industrial area.
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