cross at the light

My 21 year old Conscientious Daughter waits at traffic lights and will not cross before the Green Man appears even if there are no cars on the road. I find this very endearing as I will jaywalk in a heartbeat. This behaviour gives her a considerable amount of consternation, especially if I am dragging her along with me. Β Much like how I feel when my Flamboyant Father pulls me across a traffic-laden Hanoi road because (he assures me) “the cars and bikes will avoid us”.

Traffic crossings – Β zebra crossings, pelican crossings, toucan crossings – are these suggestions or imperatives? I guess depending on whether we are in Singapore, or in Hanoi, or in the UK, there are different levels of compliance and expectations for motorists as well as pedestrians.

What is it like where you live? How is the best way for a pedestrian to cross the road?

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Cross hosted by Deb at TravelWithIntent.

Feature Photo is taken at the pedestrian crossing connecting Orchard Gateway across Orchard Road.


23 Replies to “cross at the light”

  1. It is very true that in Vietnam the motorbikes will avoid you. One just need to walk straight ahead. You will confuse them if you try to avoid them. Funny system but somehow it just works there.


  2. It is different in most places however I think it is always good to exercise caution wherever you are when crossing the road. Your daughter does the safe thing but has patience!


  3. I’m definitely a wait-for-the-light-and-confirm-traffic-is-stopping kind of person. I want to improve my chances of making it home alive and I believe I can’t trust anyone except myself to ensure that happens.


  4. omg…its true about Hanoi…if you don’t just go, you will get stuck for ages! I used to be a stickler about the green man…too many trips to new york city turned me into a jaywalker! lol


    1. We are driven by need!
      It always takes me a while when we travel to figure out how things work – standing at a pedestrian crossing wondering if it was safe to cross (even with the green man) as motorists aren’t always compliant or courteous.


  5. A great post. Scariest places to cross the road? Metropolitan India? Safest? Canada. Least attentive to zebra crossings? French and Spanish. Well those are my experiences anyway.


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