Penang – the traffic is getting worse, but the drivers are getting better

Drivers here are becoming more polite.  Often they will wait until I walk across a driveway before they come out, rather than taking priority.  Drivers more often let you in than before when you come out of a street into a crowded road, or when changing lanes. They use their indicators more.  As the roads become more and more jammed, politeness makes it much easier to cope.

However, there are many issues that need to be addressed.

When either driving or walking you need to look both ways when crossing a one-way street. Bicycles and motorcycles, (and occasionally cars),  often ignore traffic flow direction.

In the paper, someone was caught and fined in KL RM5,000 for dangerous motorcycle riding – riding the wrong side down a street.   Well, I see this tens of times a day – if the bikes are actually on the road rather than the footpath.  A bike was beeping me the other day as I appeared to be in his way as I walked along a footpath and he approached from behind.

this is a one way street, in the direction of the arrow on the road

this is a one way street, in the direction of the arrow on the road – as you were told when you were a child – look both ways when crossing the road (even if it’s a one-way road)

Footpaths are a great place to park, too, you can see.

very successfully blocked the footpath

very successfully blocked the footpath

 

double blockage

double blockage

But when cars park on the footpath you are often forced to walk onto a busy road.

no consideration - there were legal parking spaces on the road

no consideration – there were legal parking spaces on the road

Another article in the paper has someone from the Road Traffic Department union suggesting everyone install dashcams in their vehicles to record traffic offenses and then emailing the recordings / images to the department.  Just imagine!

The first time I have seen a police roadblock locally for a very long time.  They only stop cars without valid tax stickers. And for bikes the same, and not wearing helmets.

roadblock

roadblock

 

They installed a couple of ridiculous traffic lights on the road to Straits Quays.  So, to avoid stopping for no reason, one could simply veer  left, then right, and carry on – so now they have put in those white barriers you can see to ensure you waste your time.

the road from Straits Quays

the road from Straits Quays

And finally, some cute forklift parking.

what's the countable noun for forklifts? A bevvy of forklifts? A traffic of forklifts?

What’s the countable noun for forklifts? A bevvy of forklifts? A traffic of forklifts?

 

two forklifts, one parking space

two forklifts, one parking space – well done

 

 

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