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Old 22nd August 2018, 08:09   #16006
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I saw this accident reported in the Accidents thread - a doctor driving home after a late night party, drunk, hit a youngster crossing the road at Domlur. But those reports said the doctor was coming from Shanti Nagar and going to his home at Murugesh Palya, which means he'd have been driving along the OA Road eastwards. But then this morning:

https://deccanchronicle.com/nation/c...s-at-risk.html

This seems to suggest that the accident happened on top of the flyover (Indiranagar-Koramangala direction).

Does anyone know where it happened? I know that pedestrians routinely cross the OA Road in front of Diamond District.

Off topic, that flyover location is a potential accident zone due to lax (nonexistent) discipline enforcement, even during daytime.

This reinforces my conviction that on-road DUI checks don't work except as a revenue model. This accident happened at about 4 AM I believe, by which time all on-road checks would have stopped.
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Old 22nd August 2018, 11:22   #16007
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Woah, i am hearing something like this for the first time. Can you post some pics on how exactly the cabbies were misusing your private property?
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Pretty shocking to hear it happen in real though.. to actually open a gate, reverse and come inside and reverse their way out.
I wish I had CCTV/video footage Or even still pictures of all the instances! Sadly no since we do not have CCTV cameras and we've mostly been taken by surprise and by the time we realized, they've completed their manoeuvre and zoomed out of sight or moved away from our home. The randomness and range of people is what got us - sometimes private vehicles and other times cabs.

Sometimes, neighbours have prevented these intruders or have seen them too late, so they'd tell us when we got back home.

On many occasions we've offered to open our gate for someone (strangers not known to us) to reverse their car if we see them struggling or if they request us. But these are few and far between.

We then started locking the gate whenever we headed out. While we are at home, obviously we don't expect someone to just open the gate to reverse their cars, and when we had such instances recently, just added another locking mechanism to the gate to keep half the gate locked and hope only humans enter using the other half, like this.

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Old 22nd August 2018, 12:47   #16008
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and we've mostly been taken by surprise and by the time we realized, they've completed their manoeuvre and zoomed out of sight or moved away from our home. The randomness and range of people is what got us - sometimes private vehicles and other times cabs.
So they'd zoom out, leaving the gates wide open ?

We had to deal with something similar a few years ago. My house is built about 3-4 feet higher than road level as was the practice in olden days and so there's a ramp from the road to our gate. Unfortunately for us, this mimics the yeswanthpur rto track for driving tests.
So every driving school instructor in and around, would bring newbie's to practice reverse+going up a ramp on our street and after a while we were annoyed with this as newbie's would usually reverse into our gate and caused damage.The few times we'd confront them, it'd stop for a few days only to restart again

Finally it was the BBMP's apathy which put an end to this, the road has so many potholes that nobody wants to hone their reversing skills here anymore!
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Finally it was the BBMP's apathy which put an end to this, the road has so many potholes that nobody wants to hone their reversing skills here anymore!
No alternative sometimes. For example there's a street in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, on which my parents live.

This dead end street is so narrow that even a hatchback needs to make a three point turn in order to U turn out of the road - or it needs to go a bit further up the street this street branches from, and then reverse into the street.

For any larger car, it needs to pull into the parking lot of the apartment building that's at the very dead end, and then U turn there before coming out.

The apartment security people are, thank god, very cooperative, especially as it is a small street with a very few buildings so that traffic into or out of the street is quite minimal.
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Drove into Bengaluru from Chikkamagaluru at around 2AM yesterday. Should I say it was a bliss driving on deserted roads or must I curse the scores of trucks parked haphazardly on the left most lane after the toll booth on the elevated highway? I would prefer the latter. Also, since the last time I drove on the road, the surface has deteriorated and hence the drive is less smoother.
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No alternative sometimes. For example there's a street in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, on which my parents live.

This dead end street is so narrow that even a hatchback needs to make a three point turn in order to U turn out of the road - or it needs to go a bit further up the street this street branches from, and then reverse into the street.
That could be a description of the place where my in-laws live in Chennai (Thiruvanmiyur, dead end street, narrow etc.). My in-law's house is the last in such a street, and I've always reversed out of there. All that training did wonders to my judgment and control when reversing (note that there'd be bikes parked, kids playing etc.).
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I'm still trying to come to terms with how people can just open someone's gate (without permission) to reverse their cars, and if questioned they are rude and aggressive. God save us!
Cabbies or 'educated' people, there's no difference. We Indians have absolutely no respect for other peoples' property, boundaries, or general rules. We had been out traveling for a month and when we returned we saw bike tyre marks on the inside of our compound wall! And both our gates had been locked. Our maid then told us that a neighbor had talked her into opening our gate (for which she had a key) so they could park bikes inside when they were having an event at home. Now, we would have absolutely no issues with them doing that, we would have been happy to help, but they could at least have called us or let us know when we returned. But nope. And of course their esteemed guests thought nothing of making tyre marks on a stranger's walls while taking their bikes out.

Was talking to another 'highly educated' colleague yesterday about the commute. She mentioned that she 'sometimes' broke the one-way rule on a particular road to get to office. "It's good that people follow rules, but sometimes when I have to, I go the wrong way, but only when I'm late!"

Was at a traffic signal once, heard an ambulance behind, moved the bike to the side. Saw another 'well-dressed' gent ahead who was refusing to move, asked him and he gave a great smile and "Why bother, all this is of no use anyway"!

Since we're also talking about the Domlur flyover accident, was crossing there one day, saw a fancy car speeding and then in 20 meters he had to stop anyway. Went and asked him why not slow down for pedestrians and, "Why should I?!"

God save us indeed!

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Cabbies or 'educated' people, there's no difference. We Indians have absolutely no respect for other peoples' property, boundaries, or general rules.
Absolutely. Irrespective of a cabbie or a educated IT Professional, there are morons everywhere. So the goal of many commuters today is to beat traffic by breaking rules and then cause more issues because of that. No one wants the calmness that order gives. A steady flow of two lines of cars/bikes is far more calm compared to a third lane squeezed in between. It also slows down the pace of traffic since drivers are focussed on lateral movement than getting ahead. Not even graduates in our country understand this. If a junction is kept empty and everyone goes by the signal, then it will avoid gridlocks caused by the people who try to jump the signal when it turns red or before it turns green.

A few weeks back, in the Tin factory crawl, I am on the left edge of the road on my bike, when a guy on a Royal Enfield in corporate dressing comes on the footpath, and tries to get back on the road through a ramp next to my bike. I asked him where he worked, and he was silent. That is not the best way to save yourself from the stupid thing that has been done. That person can afford a 1L rupee bike, but his common sense is not worth a penny. This very task of vehicles cutting lanes slows down traffic, which no one seems to understand.

Last week there was a huge uproar on FB, when a few cabs of my office were caught going in the wrong direction(mind you, they were TTs). This was a regular affair from the past few days. I myself had taken this cab once and while sitting inside the cab, it was the employees who were encouraging the drivers to take the wrong way to reach a turn. That was the first and last day I took the cab to the Railway station. Once a third party posted a video and made it a public issue, those cabs were derostered immediately. However, it is the mindset that has to change not the management. And guess what, now the cabs no longer bear company details. What a stupid way of hiding mistakes.

At a corporate level, awareness must be spread. The non corporate people like cabbies, auto rickshaws can only learn seeing the others on the road. If the huge bunch of educated people can drive correctly, then that itself will make a huge difference, and the rest will follow. I find myself in peace slowing down for people crossing the road, stopping at a red light as soon as it turns orange and dont honk at people unnecessarily. I really felt bad when once I was enjoying my Ninja early in the morning and a pedestrian stepped back onto the pavement seeing my bike approach them. That was the last day I didnt give space for a person crossing the road.


*End of rant* Now for some stats:
I recently got some time to sit and go through my account statements and fetch the fuel related expenses. After I started taking train to office, my car usage has drastically come down. That has also brought down the fuel expenses by a decent number which is bound to decrease further, since the frequency of train usage has increased slowly. Hence, sharing the numbers of last years v/s this year fuel expenses:
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The initial two months of 2018 saw my fuel expense rise, inspite of having two long vacations and business travel. This is because of increased traffic due to metro construction around office. After that, I started reducing the usage of car which has reduced the overall expenses for the later months.
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Old 25th August 2018, 09:12   #16014
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Red alert : Accident on Nice road at BG road exit. Huge crowd has gathered. Long jam expected.

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Expect more fun on old airport road. I started using this junction since last week to take the wind Tunnel road and I guess that's the end of it. Rants on Bangalore's traffic situation-1535177054824.jpg
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Traffic Alert

A container truck had broke down near the u-turn at ISRO junction, ORR. It's blocking all lanes of the road towards KR.puram, leaving little space (where traffic from KR.puram takes u-turn. Refer the spot marked in picture).

Expect heavy block on both sides of ORR at this spot if the vehicle is not cleared on time.

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Old 28th August 2018, 19:56   #16017
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One more reason for Bangalorean's to change their job.
Maddening traffic is forcing people to consider the office location an important criteria more than the role and compensation.

A wake up call for the companies nestled in the heavy congestion zones of Bangalore.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/citi...s-1863597.html
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Old 28th August 2018, 20:55   #16018
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Re: Rants on Bangalore's traffic situation

Almost every Monday thru Thursday one can see traffic cops on the Intermediate ring road either in the Indiranagar-Koramanagala direction or in the opposite direction, so it wasn't uncommon to see some 'smart' two wheeler riders go the wrong side to escape the cops, I've also mentioned some such experiences earlier. Today, it was different and I didn't see any wrong side heroes and then realized that the cops had split into 2 teams with a team each on either side of the road

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Old 28th August 2018, 23:36   #16019
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I guess there is some drive by BTP ongoing against private vehicles used for commercial purposes. Last Sunday and today noticed police stopping Maruti Omnis specifically around outer ring road and checking papers.
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Brace yourself people, more white topping coming our way.
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