Bangkok (1)

New Prankhorn Hotel
139 Khao San Rd.
Thursday 28th November 1985

Bangkok has to be the most traffic polluted city I have ever been in. Recent affluence, generated initially through the impact of the American forces during the Vietnam War who used neutral Thailand for the R & R of their troops, has lead to this consumption of motor vehicles. To become a vehicularised society in such a short time has not allowed for safety consciousness to seep in.

In the West, generations of driving have created an awareness in social terms  and costs. Safety aspects – crash helmets, pedestrian rights of way, speed limits et al – protect human life and a dedicated infrastructure minimise the cost to a city’s fabric. I am not referring so much to wholesale city redevelopment with flyovers, underpasses and thoroughfares as seen in the USA and such cities as Birmingham and Manchester in the UK as to phased traffic lights, pedestrian (zebra) crossings and the recent implementation of exhaust pollution controls, plus public transport systems.

Here, to be an unfit person, such as aged or disabled, is to be in an extra high risk category.

Bangkok traffic jam 2013
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The photo is taken from How to Beat the Bangkok Traffic Jams. That page and this one clearly demonstrate that nothing has got better throughout the world in terms of the blind acceptance of the notion that having access to private transport is a human right.

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