Monday, March 26, 2007

Traffic Study, I presume?

Yesterday and today while taking the kids to school, I noticed guys at the entrances to several of the circles on Zahran Street sticking small post-its on the rear windows of cars. Therewere also people on the side of the road and on top of the fourth circle counting cars. I can only hope that they realize there are significant traffic problems and are beginning to think about how to overcome them. Unfortunately, they only seem to be doing the work during the morning rush hour. For the fourth circle, you don't see it's ridiculous traffic until lunchtime. I hope that won't negatively impact their review. Anyone out there know what exactly they're doing? Curiosity has definitely been a failing of mine, and right now it's running rampant.

Happy counting!


At 4:25 AM , Blogger Dave said...

Yeah, I sped through the circle before they could "tag" me. I am just as curious as to what they were doing, as my friends don't seem to have a clue. If they actually are doing some sort of traffic study, it would seem that there may be more accurate and efficient ways of doing it.

At 8:33 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

It would seem, but more efficient and effective ways wouldn't generate employment for so many... :)

At 8:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

traffic study and amman do not go together :-)

At 3:31 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

Are you sure they weren't police in plain uniform? Were they actually stopping anyone?

Roundabouts are good because they slow drivers down. They often replace traffic lights. I like them because in stick shift cars, you only have to go down to first. You don't have to completely stop at intersections. When the traffic is light, you can wizz right through a roundabout.

It's too bad that you have experience with roundabouts (what you call "circles") before moving to Jordan. There is a logic to them but they have to have some sort of order, otherwise they're deadly! Even here in France, they can be tricky.

At 3:08 PM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Abu shakuush, clearly so and well said.

Sharon, No one was actually being stopped. Everyone was simply tagged with a different color depending on which circles they ventured through. In case you aren't familiar with Amman the main street through town has 7 circles and they gave different colors depending on the circles you entered (based on observation of where people were entering the roadway and what colors they had obtained) :).


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