As one of the world’s biggest cities, you can easily understand that Sao Paulo’s roads are extremely crowded. A taxi driver told me that 90 cars are added to the streets EVERY DAY. Wow… That’s an additional 32 *thousand* cars on the road every year. Can you imagine?? How do you plan for that?
I guess when governments subsidize gas prices, that’s what you get! Gasoline here costs less than $1 Cdn/Litre. Pretty cheap compared to the rest of the world!
Everyday sights here:
-Dedicated bus lanes. ‘Bendy’ busses with THREE sections. I’m not sure of the overall length, by wow are they LONG.
-Drivers passing on the wrong side of the road, IN TOWN. With cars coming the other way!
-Little (if any) use of turn signals.
-More motorcycles “lane-splitting” than any other place I’ve ever been. They are passing the cars non-stop. And it’s easy to see why. When the traffic grinds to a halt, the cycles still keep moving. If you’re commuting every day, it must save HUGE amounts of time. But you’ve got to be at least a bit suicidal to do it. And FORGET doing it with a passenger on the back. Never mind a child!
-2 or 3 lanes merging into one with little or no warning.
-Several cars going through an intersection after the light has turned RED. Once in a taxi, the driver didn’t even slow down for the red. He just sailed right through! It reminded me of the time in Shanghai I asked a friend of mine to paint my sunglasses black so that I could not see what was going on. True madness!
All this just makes me happy to take the bus! I feel safer.