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.
Footpaths are a great place to park, too, you can see.
But when cars park on the footpath you are often forced to walk onto a busy 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.
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.
And finally, some cute forklift parking.