I’m back from another work assignment in Venezuela. Our work sites were situated such that we had much more road travel to do than the last trip. Some quick observations:
- Roads are generally in very bad shape, and drivers tend ‘float’ between lanes on the high speed highways trying to avoid potholes, debris and dog carcasses;
- Traffic laws are mere suggestions and generally ignored
- The highways are dangerous, and people don’t seem to wear seat belts. I saw the aftermath of two very nasty fatal accidents in the week I was there.
- I saw more bicycles this time, but not many. These are mostly folks getting to work or getting shopping done. I saw two sport cyclists riding on the highway. With the oppressive heat & humidity, heinous roads, cheap gas and correspondingly cheap prices for shared taxis (Carritos por puesto) I’m not surprised bikes are rare.
- These folks have the re-use part of the three ‘Rs’ down pat. The shared taxis are 30 or 40 years old and while falling apart, still run.