Thursday, October 14, 2010

When Sidewalks Become an Obstacle Course

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Determined to be fit for the Inca Trail hike without hitting the gym, I’ve no recourse but to walk within the area where I live, in a place where urban planning is unheard of and pedestrians proceed at their own risk. With sidewalks that are more like an obstacle course, the 30-minute walk from my house to the nearby mall becomes a test of alertness and survival. Unmindful of traffic rules and the very fact that sidewalks are for people, motorbikes come roaring straight at me, and I can’t but move aside and graciously let them pass by. In some areas where erstwhile sidewalks have been transformed into private parking lots the only choice is to walk along the edge of the pavement, on the curb near the gutter or, in many cases, in the middle of the street itself where vehicles whoosh by me as if I were a mere lamppost.

11 comments:

kayni said...

that's one thing i don't like visiting manila or even baguio. there's always the thought of being hit by a vehicle anytime and anywhere.

Anonymous said...

assert your right of way, always. :)

Angeli said...

you are right, kayni. even baguio is becoming less pedestrian friendly.

there is no such thing as right of way here, anonymous. what you see are signs that say: BAWAL TUMAWID. MARAMI NA ANG NAMATAY DITO.

Agnes said...

Sounds like Bangkok Angeli :-)

Loree said...

Oh no. Sounds like you will soon be fit for the Inca trail though :)

Amelia said...

that's what I hate in Manila...parang wala kang lugar dun sa sidewalk nakaharang ang mga nagtitinda :( daming obstructions :( kakalungkot!

jacqueline said...

naku, anj, dala ko dito ang gawing pag-iwas sa sasakyan, kahit na ang mga pedestrians ang hari sa lansangan. Naninibago tuloy ako.

Angeli said...

@Agnes: Oh yeah! It's how it is in Saigon, too..

@Loree: I'm getting there.. hahaha

@Amelia: hay naku, sinabi mo. parang wala ng karapatan maglakad mga tao dito..

@Jac: So malamnang marunong ka nang tumawid? :)

Arti said...

Its like that here in India too, though at a very few places!! Must be very irritating that thing..
Have a lovely weekend:)

eks said...

"BAWAL TUMAWID. MARAMI NA ANG NAMATAY DITO."

dati, kulay pink na "bawal tumawaid nakamamatay" lang ito. hehehe. good luck to your inca trail hike! (sana magawa ko din yan.)

Angeli said...

hi eks. pinalitan na yata lahat ngayon ng green yung dating pink, no? thanks for wishing me luck. sana lang makaya ko siya. hahah

hi arti. maybe it's an asian thing, huh? :)

 
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