Item author
Louise Smith
Item Created
27 Sep 2009
Photo taken on
20 May 2009 12:34 pm
Photo author
Louise Smith

Physical interaction between a pedestrian and a car when crossing the street in a traffic jam

Context of the observation

A young man (most likely a student) jumps out of the way of a slowly moving oncoming car in a traffic jam. One can also see the gridlocked stream of traffic and the people weaving between cars. This specific traffic jam recurrs daily near the University Roundabout at the Junction of State House Road and Nyerere Road. Because of it’s proximity to the University (a steady stream of foot traffic), and lack of infrastructure for pedestrians (no lights, or crosswalks), the interactions between human and vehicles are very visible here.




1 Interpretation

I would call this guy pretty street saavy. Of course jumping out of the way of an oncoming car just makes sense, but the speed at which the car is moving likely poses little threat to him. Putting his hand on the hood of the car makes a sound for the driver to hear, and keeps his distance from it. He seems to know how to take control of the situation as a pedestrian.

Louise Smith
08 Jun 2010

1 Question & 0 Responses

At what point does mobility become a priority over safety and how do wal- king people put themselves in danger?

Louise Smith
27 Sep 2009