Traffic in India
Having spent a lot of time last week driving along the (mostly) pristine interstate highways and streets in the US, where everyone stays within a lane, respects the right of way and generally follows all the rule, this video makes me nostalgic for the pure unmitigated chaos that is the typical traffic on an Indian city street. I am not sure which city this is – but I doubt it matters.
And it all works. Dammit, the traffic in Pune works better than the traffic in Boston, or San Francisco. Even though it looks chaotic, it keeps flowing almost all the time. (On those rare moments when it doesn’t, volunteers step up to direct traffic and sort out the mess.)
PS – this is not to say that there aren’t the occasional morons on the streets in the US. Especially when you are driving in New York City/Chicago downtowns – there is a lot of cutting in front, turning from the wrong lane etc that goes on; this usually ensues in much honking, ‘finger’ing and other such friendly banter between the drivers.
A previous post on traffic control here.