Civilized Chaoyang Traffic Control – Manual style

It has been a while since I updated the blog, and I think I’ll start an update with some supergreat news.  In preparation for the October 1 “National Holiday”, Chaoyang District has been under strict inspections and shaping up.

That means that there are suddenly hundreds or thousands of volunteers available to control intersections across Chaoyang district.  From the east second ring road to east 3rd ring road, there are at least 25 young students controlling intersections, holding banners to block pedestrians and cyclists for entering the intersection, and to keep everyone in their bike lanes, sidewalks and turning lanes.  It is quite a project. And it is impressive that students suddenly have time to be standing around on the street.

Volunteers manage intersection - Civilized Chaoyang!

You can see in the picture above, they are using physical barriers to block cyclists from moving into the intersection.  There is also a table for water and volunteer management under the umbrella there.  What you can’t see in this relatively poorly taken picture is that there are also two police officers at the intersection, there are the regular traffic control people (the guy in the red hat, for example), and 3-4 students.  Amazing resources this country has.  人多力量大! (More people, greater power! — Mao Zedong).

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