Safety of Skywalks

Safety of SkywalksSafety of Skywalks

Several measures to improve the safety of skywalks or pedestrian bridges in the capital are on the agenda, including retrofit of all mechanized bridges by the end of the calendar year (March20, 2015), Jamal Kamyab, managing director of Tehran Municipality Beautification Organization said.

Due to the hoardings and advertisement boards on most of the skywalks, their safety is under question. Guidelines have been issued to all officials concerned to repair and renovate the pedways and ensure users’ safety. Accordingly, billboards should be installed in such a manner that they don’t hinder the view of pedestrians. “Hindering the view can cause beggars and homeless people to occupy the skywalks,” Kamyab said quoted by Mehr news agency.

 More Crossings

Given that too many pedestrian bridges will tarnish the city’s facade, more skywalks will not be added. Instead, more pedestrian crossings will be created, he said.

In addition, instructions have been given for enclosing skywalks and to give them proper lighting.

In case a pedestrian bridge is poorly lit, the people can call 137 or 1888 to address the problem.

Pedestrians often complain of slippery walkways, particularly in winters, and have urged the need to eliminate the problem. In this regard, installation of non-slid coatings has been taken up to prevent slippery floors, the official added.