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“I assumed it was a local problem”

“I assumed it was a local problem”

A photo shared on Reddit is sparking outrage over the state of pedestrian infrastructure in the Taiwanese city of Taoyuan.

The post, shared with the community r/f***cars, shows several vehicles, including an expensive white Maserati, parked on a sidewalk and forcing pedestrians onto the road.

"This kind of thing is commonplace in New York."
Image credit: Reddit
"This kind of thing is commonplace in New York."
Image credit: Reddit

The original poster captioned the image: “Taiwan’s ‘hell traffic’ is a tourism problem. Pedestrians are therefore often ‘forced’ to walk into car lanes.”

The photo shows at least three vehicles parked close together on a narrow sidewalk. The remaining space is extremely narrow, making the path impassable for pedestrians.

When the sidewalk is blocked, any pedestrian has no choice but to dangerously step into the busy lanes of the adjacent road. Parking practices like this are not only annoying to pedestrians, they also endanger their lives.

Beyond the immediate safety threat, this photo presents a larger problem. When we plan our cities around cars at the expense of people, we all lose. Pedestrian-hostile streets make communities less livable, less healthy, and less sustainable for all of us.

Commentators chimed in to share similar experiences in cities around the world.

“This kind of thing is common in NYC. I assumed it was a local problem so it’s very interesting to see it popping up in other places,” one user wrote.

Another added: “Taiwan has more problems with cars than just parking. The collision rate (per 1,000 vehicles) has doubled between 2008 and 2020.”

The good news is that the solutions to restore our sidewalks are within reach.

By prioritizing pedestrian infrastructure, affordable public transit, and people-centered urban planning, we can build a future with fairer and more sustainable transportation for all.

It’s time to imagine streets that put people at the centre – and the city of Taoyuan is the latest reminder of how much work we still have to do to achieve that goal.

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