Monday, November 08, 2010


Roads that are practically impossible to cross are so passé - Every Bangalorean worth his salt either bravely crosses them, or dies trying. Ours not to make reply, ours not to reason why, ours but to cross or die seems to be the spirit of the times.

Therefore, the BBMP, sadaa namma seveyalli, has taken the next step forward in urban innovation: roads that are theoretically impossible to cross.

Behold this marvel of topology and urban Development:

The triangles are the traffic signals, pointing towards the expected direction of traffic flow. The yellow dots are likely places you will be in right after you get out of IISc. If you are trying to go anywhere south in the image, you have to cross CV Raman Road - just that it's theoretically impossible because there will always be traffic coming from either the south or the west because the two western signals are perfectly in sync. The fact that the pavements on all roads in the picture have been razed down with a vengeance and asphalted till a few inches up the IISc walls also helps.


Karthik said...

The problem is also that in India turning traffic is not required (in practice, if not in law) to yield to pedestrians.

Aditya said...

I think you haven't observed the signals that place properly. There is a short period of time when the signal is such that u can only go straight in the road from south and u r NOT allowed to take a right turn. Bingo! that is when u will have to run and cross the CV Raman road from IISc.. :D

svat said...

The place from where you can cross the road is missing in your figure, off to the far left. Or you can do what I do: board any bus accessible from your side of the road, then figure things out in a place where the problem reduces to an easier one. :p

Srinidhi said...

While the traffic is being allowed from CPRI (east) to Yeshwantpur(west), you could bet on some puNyAtma bus/car driver going from yeshwantpur towards Malleshwaram(south east) to drive up on his left lane upto the signal and block all traffic intending to go towards CPRI (east)....You will then have your golden moments...Of course, this is only half the solution as it allows you to cross half the road.

Ramya said...

If eating place is mess, go to Gymkhana via the yellow over-head bridge.
If its Prakruthi or tea board, take the subway to reach the Tata auditorium section. Thus you can avoid the road :)