It is perhaps safer, relatively speaking to be on a vehicle than be a pedestrian on Chennai roads. It has become a highly dangerous to venture out walking any city roads in Chennai.
Sidewalks have all but vanished from most of the roads. Where the sidewalks do exist, they are being used by everyone and anyone but pedestrians as the sidewalks are encroached by hawkers and squatters. In other places, sidewalks have become public lavatories or public parking and are not usable. So the poor pedestrian is forced to compete for space in the road along with cars, trucks and motor-cycles, none whom really ‘care’ for the pedestrians.