“Follow me,” says the Chinese guy, as he strides across the pedestrian crossing.
Look to the left. Look to the right. Cars coming both ways. Look up at Chinese guy. He’s not there.
How’d he get across the road?!?
We’re left behind, nervously looking at the traffic coming from all directions. And I’m travelling with a Chinese companion. Except she’s been westernised after 10 years in Australia.
Don’t think pedestrian crossings give you any authority to step out. I think they are just a decorative touch.
Even with a green walk signal, cars feel they have the right to turn across pedestrians. No give way to pedestrians as you turn. As this photo stream shows.
Ah! I found the key. Don’t look at the traffic. Don’t make eye contact. Walk at a steady pace. (And hope you’re seen. But not as you are knocked under a car, joining the other hundreds of thousands who die as Meecester helpfully googled for me in the last post.)
Alternatively, my tip is pick a local and walk with/behind them. But stick close. The cars and mopeds have a shepherd dog’s knack of separating people.