Crossing the street in Taiwan can be a challenge for many who are not accustomed to cars cramming the crosswalk, waiting impatiently for pedestrians to get across the street.
Andrew Haimerl, a photographer, writer, and live-streamer who has been in Taiwan for nearly seven years, recently documented just how difficult it is for pedestrians to cross the street, even when the light is green.
The video, which was filmed right outside Zhishan MRT station in Taipei City, showed a foreigner attempting to get to the other side of the road, only to have to frequently yield to cars and scooters making left and right turns.
The pedestrian was cut off by cars and two scooters before almost being hit by another two scooters, to which he exasperatedly threw up his hands to show his annoyance.
Haimerl explained that though he loved living in Taiwan, he is “deeply concerned and angry” about Taiwan’s unsafe roads and driving culture.
According to Haimerl, witnessing cars running the red light, failing to yield to pedestrians, and obstructive illegal parking has become a norm in Taiwan.
He believes that many have raised the issue with so many tragic traffic accidents resulting from reckless driving (or riding) in Taiwan but have fallen on deaf ears.
He hoped that with his video, he could raise more awareness of the problem and hopefully allow Taiwan to “make the necessary adjustments to achieve its aim in the best way possible.”
The video was well-received by social media users, and many shared their own experiences of being rushed by impatient drivers.
Some revealed that pedestrians merely need to “make themselves visible and walk at a steady pace” so that drivers can anticipate where and when they can proceed on their way without running you over.
Another social media user also admitted that when they went abroad and returned to Taiwan 10 years later, they also couldn’t get the hang of crossing the tumultuous streets in Taiwan.