The Malta Independent 29 February 2024, Thursday
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Watch: Walking on a pavement has become a difficult exercise

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 10:59 Last update: about 7 months ago

We chose the pavement on this road because it’s closest to our offices, one that we use regularly, but also one that highlights all the problems that one could find, as a pedestrian, to walk from one place to another.

This is Birkirkara Road, in St Julian’s and, as one can see from the footage, it is not easy to walk on the pavement.

For different reasons – its width varies all along. In places it is narrow, meaning that two persons cannot pass across each other unless one of them walks onto the road, with cars passing close by.

When, then, garage bags are taken out and are waiting to be picked, one has to weave one’s way through them to continue walking. Imagine doing that with a pushchair. Imagine someone with mobility problems doing that.

E-scooters blocked a part of the pavement too.

Parts of the paving has worn away and has become uneven, and one risks breaking an ankle unless one is careful enough.

This stretch of road, maybe 300-400 metres long, epitomises most other pavements we have all over the country.

 

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