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No one follows traffic laws in Warsaw, there are no highways to speak of, the busiest roads have crosswalks without lights, and you couldn't pay me to drive here.
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I remember how brave the drivers are, especially one gentleman in the littlest car I have ever seen, force his way in front of our larger car. I thought he was aiming for me!
chaos!... i thought it was bad here
I've heard there are less accidents in many countries with this haphazard approach to traffic. Is this true in Poland? (or any country for that matter)
@passepartout: Was it a Maluch?! http://samochodyprl.blox.pl/resource/maluchcze.jpg Mmmm, love them! When were you here?
@rabbitdan: Hm, interesting. I don't know the statistics, but it's possible. However, the lack of infrastructure sure doesn't help with that. Even on very well traveled routes (Warsaw- Kraków, Kraków- Oświęcim/Auschwitz, Kraków- Zakopane) the roads are horribly cramped and windy, and I once was even stuck behind a horse-drawn cart.
@merendis: It seems to be an increasingly well documented trend in traffic planning. I saw a TED talk about it at some point, about the benefit of having less signposts because people are less inclined to blithely believe that someone is doing their thinking for them; as if the signposts will look left and right on their behalf. In some towns (one in Denmark I think?) the roads have been put on the same level as the pavement with no division between car space and pedestrian space. Reports are curiously positive. I'm still mildly disbelieving though. That's why I was asking for your perspective on it.
my sister very, very nearly moved to poland, she had a place to live and a job lined up and everything. at the last minute she changed her mind and moved to portland oregon! (prior to that she lived in teotihuacan mexico, my sis the nomad)
@merendis: That's the very one, even the same color. I was in Warsaw five years ago for business. Lovely people there! I spent a night on my own, walking around. Many white banners of Pope John Paul. Walked through the Ghetto, too.