Challenge Foundation’s Health Center has found after a survey of pedestrians,
drivers and traffic police that one among three people is afraid of getting
injured in a traffic accident while outside home. Sixty-three percent of
pedestrians described the traffic conditions in Ulaanbaatar as “dangerous”.
Microbuses were those
most guilty of violating traffic rules. Among the other major reasons for
traffic accidents were road construction or repairs, lack of street lights, careless
driving, and irresponsibility among pedestrians. Almost half the pedestrians surveyed
said footpaths were bad, while 71 percent said the roads are not suitable for
riding bicycles, though 62 percent said they are ready to ride bicycles if the
roads are good.
People’s opinions and
answers depended on their education level. Highly educated people gave more
right answers during the survey. Knowledge of traffic rules was generally low
among drivers. While 72 percent of the drivers surveyed can be said to have
just average knowledge, in the case of 15 percent this was clearly below