Traffic in Nepal is a permanent near-death experience:
- The roads are bad: there are no street lights, there are many holes and other obstacles in/on/near the roads
- Many road are no more than a track, even though in the city that is changing fast
- Many road users walk, drive without any lights
- There are no zebra crossings or other save places to cross a road
- There are no road lanes; everything runs together
- The gutters along the streets are sometimes 20/30 centimetres deep
- There are so many different road users: cars, buses, trucks, rickshaws, carts, horse and carts, bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, walkers, animals
- The sacred cow walks freely through it all and goes everywhere it wants to go and even sleeps in the middle of a busy road ….
- And a Nepali only changes his traffic habits for a cow ….
Kathmandu is a city that dates back to the Middle Ages and certainly wasn’t built for cars. Nevertheless there are many, many cars and all kinds of vehicles around causing a lousy air quality and absolutely chaotic and dangerous traffic. One wonders why you don’t see a major accident happening every few minutes. In recent years many roads have been widened. In order to do so whole rows of houses have been broken down and/or moved.