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by toonsarah

It probably goes without saying, but do take care crossing the roads! This is a big city and although traffic doesn't move very fast most of the time, it can take you by surprise. This is particularly the case with the fairly rare two-way streets (e.g. the upper reaches of Broadway) - you can get so used to only looking in one direction that the need to look both ways may excape you. I also noticed the differnce in traffic conditions between one street and another in areas such as Greenwich Village. One minute we were strolling along a leafy back street where we could walk in the middle of the road if we so chose, and the next we were on busy Seventh Avenue with cars and taxis hurtling past.

Most junctions have pedestrian lights like this one advising when it's safe to cross, so it's best to cross at these points. One thing that's a little disconcerting for visitors from the UK is that a white "safe to cross" sign doesn't mean that no traffic will be turning the corner. Vehicles are still permitted to turn but must give way to pedestrians, although it seems a bit off-putting at first to see a taxi apparently heading straight for you!

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  • Written Nov 13, 2008
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