Conventional wisdom would tell you that the sidewalk is a safe place for pedestrians. If it were not for the eleventy billion mopeds and compact cars that use the sidewalks just like the streets, the sidewalks would be safe in China. To make matters worse, the mopeds are electric which means….you got it… they are completely SILENT and you never know they are coming. If you text and walk the sidewalk you WILL be hit….it’s just a matter of time.
Conventional wisdom would tell you that when the street crossing signal is green then it is safe to cross the intersection. Well, not so much here in China. The crossing signal is NOT connected to the traffic lights in any way. So when it turns green, the traffic just keeps coming…..they have no idea it turned green other than the fact that a mob of pedestrians began to cross the street. I may be a redneck from the South but, I have one thing figured out….don’t be the first deer out of the woods. Get in the middle of the pack and get ready to take evasive action. Also, another strategic maneuver I have been using is to get to the side of the pack away from the oncoming traffic. Most of the cars are compact and cubcompact and I’m thinking they would likely get stuck in a mire of folks before they hit us….that’s a freak nasty thought but hey, use your head right?