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Here's something I got out from a local chinese newspaper that really got on my nerves.
If you don't read chinese, I'll just summarise it for you: basically it was complaining about how drivers on one particular stretch of road near the water front regularly go against the rules and go the 'wrong way' and almost always gets into accidents.
Now look at the picture closely.
Look at where the arrows in red are pointing to. In arrow (A) you will see a road arrow leading its left, directly into (B) to meet oncoming vehicles! Also note that you can't go straight ahead from (A), because if you look at (C), there's a stop sign facing the other way - the road is also going in the opposite direction! You'd then meet oncoming traffic! Where do you go?
The point I'm trying to make here is that in that area is notorious for road designs that are confusing - which is what makes it hard for the drivers to obey the roads! You can't blame drivers for going the wrong way on the most confusing road in Miri (possibly the world).
That particular area, in fact it's a whole few blocks big - is partially the reason EverRise supermarket was shut down. Lack of business.
Nobody wants to go to that area. And its right in the middle of town, where there are supposed to be lots of people/traffic. You remember EverRise, don't you? No? Well, I don't blame you.
The traffic is so utterly confusing and isolated from the main roads that people don't bother to get in. Even if they did try they are met with a traffic jam because the roads leading into that area is a bottleneck. Once you do get in, you find yourself driving on the wrong road because the road planners there probably left the design plans lying around for their kids to draw on.
Dear road planners - if you want to do something, do it right or at least functional the first time. And dear newspaper - the drivers cannot always take the blame. Do some research before you even publish something complaining on the wrong set of people.
Just want to share with you the photos I took mere minutes ago this morning on my way to work.
Apparently, a shophouse in the Old Town area caught fire and the firemen are already there. I'll go along as I show the pics.
The fire truck's already here. There were actually two of them, one to connect to a fire hydrant not in the picture further away to relay the water to the second truck, pictured.
They'd just finished their fire fighting. So where does all the excess water go? (Ever seen a fire truck taking a pee?)
Look at all those onlookers. Never seen a fire before?
Dude, you got the letters on backwards!
Sorry for the bad pics. I used an old digital camera which I haven't used for about four years already to take it. (And good thing I happened to bring it out today with me.)
So the firefighting ended just as I reached there. There were police blocking the roads too. There was an ambulance around but since it stayed there I guess nobody got hurt.
For further information, we'll have to see tomorrow's paper. That's all I got to share for today!
Here's what they have to say;
Because there are no angles for alignment, the round shape makes these heavy covers easier to put back on once they're taken off. Round covers are also easier to manufacture. But the main reason manhole covers are round is so they won't accidentally fall into the subterranean abyss. With a round cover, no matter how you hold it, you can't shove it in. It just won't go. If it were square, a prankster could hold the cover diagonally over the hole and drop it in, to be followed by who knows how many scooters and pedestrians.
You see more common questions like this being answer here.
After reading that, I began pondering about then why some of the manhole covers around Miri are SQUARE. Not only are they square, some are even rectangles. Some are small, some huge, and a lot of them stolen anyway because the value of scrap metal is now so high. They should chain it up somehow. Either that or they fell in as illustrated in the above image.
Also, some are located just centimeters away from the side of the road; why in Jupiter's moon don't they simply relocate it to the side in the grass so that when there needs to be work done they don't have to close off half the road to the traffic and causing massive delays??
That should also solve the problem of extra work of having to cut a hole in the road and then raise it whenever the road was resurfaced!
With such a simple logic defied, and then looking back at the silly road planning that are forced upon us poor road users who not only have to pay road tax and put up with traffic jams when it was avoidable, poor road systems and forced to drive the wrong way because the roads are too confusing and illogical, but also risk having our cars damaged (or in the case of pedestrians - falling into the holes).
Here in Miri, we have some of the silliest road designs, EVER. Allow me to demonstrate.
Here's one example at the end of High Street, when you are exiting Point A, trying to get to Point B.
Why is it that we have to go through the roundabout and jam pack yourself with all the other cars also using the roundabout?
Why not just remove this divider and have a less jam-packed roundabout?