Safety for women traders on busy roads
When living in or visiting crowded urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa, I am always interested in the wide range of (often strange) products being sold at the roadside by petty traders taking advantage of the heavy and stationary traffic. Many of these traders are women, sometimes accompanied by young children, who pace up and down next to the vehicles trying to make a sale. With a sudden change of the traffic lights, traders can be caught, mid-transaction, in the path of frustrated drivers and their vehicles and left precariously stuck between lines of oncoming traffic.
I have often wondered whether there could be a safer alternative location for these traders to go about their daily work, without foresaking the opportunity to sell to such a captive audience.
How might we make cities safer spaces for communities living and working alongside busy roads?