How to cross an Indian Road

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#1 Jun 7th, 2005, 17:03
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Originally Posted by alouise View Post Cross with the cow, usually a safe bet!
That's it!!! The best way to cross the street safely is to buy yourself a cow suit. How brilliant.
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..... :d
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Works for me.
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Excellent movie, thanks. In Indonesia I`d miss the odd man with his pushcart full of eggs, entering the chaos spontaneously from the sidewalk.. at slowest imagineable speed!
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I had no problems in India with crossing the road. That's because I got used to in in Russia, crossing the Moscow roads. Eyewitnesses usually think I am dangerously mad and risking my life (actually I am not, I mean at least there is no risk involved). True, don't stop when you cross, because the driver needs to see where you are going to be next when he advances to your position. Better walk with the same speed, although it is not always possible in heavy traffic, but be sure drivers see when you move and when you stop. The most dangerous to you and to the driver (who of course does't want any accidents to happen) is when they can't guess where you will be the next 10 seconds. If you absolutely need to stop because you can't fit in between cars as there are too many in sequence, clearly stop and wait with an expression as if you are waiting for your girlfriend before the tree, then when you move, clearly express your intention to move with your body language, then move - in other words, try not to surprise the drivers by a sudden move from your secure position (secure - because they know where you are and drive around) to a position right in his direction. I had to learn all that from experience and intellectual effort, but of course in India you could learn by observing the locals which is good.

WARNING. Under no circumstances attempt to cross a road where it turns!! - drivers will not be able to see you in advance and you will not be able to understand where the car will be after it turns, so high probability of being hit or cause an accident.
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Hmm, yes... if your intentions are clear it helps all round. I think pedestrians all over the world get run down because they step one way when drivers expect them to step another!

Often drivers have a better isea of relative speed and distance 'calculations', even when on foot, than non-drivers, and they almost always have a better idea of possible stopping distances. Expect the impossible of a vehicle, and you end up dead! So, if you are used to driving, it helps.

Allow greatly-increased stopping or slowing distances for busses and lorries: their brakes may well be defective.

With motorcycles especially, one can get into the this way/that way thing, like meeting another walker on the pavement. Indicate, with a clear gesture, to the driver, whether you expect him to pass in front, or behind you. If he is not too busy sending SMS messages, he will see. Do not expect him to ride into the path of an oncoming (or overtaking) bus to avoid you: you would be the softer option!
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or...

Say "Jai Krshna" in a loud voice and just start walkin'.
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Strangely - in all the years I've been traveling around India - it was only last month that I finally made it to Amritsar - and I have to say it was a revelation. Traffic patterns there were so orderly and predictable that I could scarcely believe I was in India. I could cross the street at any intersection without having my heart in my mouth. The Punjabis really seem to have it under control. Very impressed I was.
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It was frightening on the first day but my son and I got the hang of it quickly, quite exciting actually(live dangerously). When we saw a gap we made a dash for it(imagine in Connaught circus) then we had to wait for my husband (my son was laughing at him) who is not so audacious or maybe more sensible.
Any way we think in India they are awfully clever drivers,I mean put in the same chaos I really cannot imagine anyone from my town surviving.Where I live they have trffic lights and crossings with timing -everything in ultra modern condition and even so they manage to knock down palm trees bump into lamp posts and don't stop at the red light cos they forgot or did'nt see it. I tend to think it's safer to cross in India than Andalucia cos in India they go at the same pace- fast- but here they go slow but when they see anyone crossing they accelerate. Must be a new passetime. We noticed in India they tried their best not to run anyone over.Maybe because they concentrate on the job instead of day dreaming.
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Drivers are considerate....When they road cross they also do it same way...hence they know that they have to let people cross the road............

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There's a wonderful fantasy!

Ahhh... Dreaming...

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Just close your eyes tightly and rush across the road, you might just make it !!!!
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funny -i say the same thing everytime i get onto the road with my car...

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Early on I used to take a lighthearted approach to crossing Indian streets. Inwardly we all think "It only happens to the other guy." And even that is merely "a possibility". But on or abouts my third time in India, maybe '94, I'd gone to visit someone on business in Dharyaganj and then jumped in a rickshaw headed down Netaji Subash Marg. The traffic slowed and everyone was veering carefully to the the side. In the middle of the street was a young man lying face down with his arm draped over a box containing a microwave oven he was no doubt bringing home as a big surprise for his wife. But his skull was split open and his brains were spread out in the dirty street and it was clear he wasn't get fixed up at the hospital. I was depressed for several days after and ever since I've been truly mindful about the reality of crossing busy city streets in India.
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The cutest sight I ever saw crossing an Indian road was a small puppy wearing a beautifully knitted hot pink and fluoro-green striped jumper. Brave puppy was crossing the truck highway between Badami and Hubli! Saw quite few bigger versions sans jumpers who'd been less fortunate - ie. roadkill - but puppy made it across the highway and my driver laughed, "Brave little tiger!" Must have been the novelty value that saved this pooch!
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