Stop sign, schmop sign- Playing Frogger in Cancun

Everyday I am forced to cross a very busy intersection as I am walking to pick up Max from school. Everyday I take my life in my hands in said crossing. The intersection is an enormous "glorieta" (traffic circle, roundabout, whatever you call it) with stop signs. Unfortunately, no one pays attention to the stop signs and they just seem to play Russian roulette with their cars and fly through the intersection. Of course, I do my best to RUN in my 20 peso raggedy old flip flops and dodge and weave but I still manage to get honked at, sworn at and I am pretty sure the gestures I see drivers send my way do not mean "have a nice day".

Here's the poor, abused little stop sign.....


And here's the video evidence that no one pays attention to the poor little stop sign. (Can you see the sign under the tree?) How many cars can you count that don't stop? Any bets on the day I get a "Game Over" and end up squashed like our old froggie friend from the 80's?


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My3Ro's said…
Poor kelly. I think it is easier to count how many actually stop! My dh warned me when we vacation in mexico one day traffic is a lot different. Lots of hugs your way
Nancy said…
Here in Mazatlan everyone laughs as they say that stop signs are only a "suggestion." If you stop at them you get honked at!
tijuanahilton said…
I once got trapped in the center of a large Acapulo avenue (not a tourist thoroughfare) while cars raced by me on either side. No median in the center I might add, just me scared to death of having my feet run over, that's how close it was.

Yikes!

Here in Cali, pedestrians have the right of way.
Fned said…
Sounds to mee like you've got yourself an Etoile....

.... AKA the Arc de Triumph roundabout... it's a huge huge huge glorieta that has 8 avenues pouring into it (including the Champs Elysées avenue)... if you look at it from the sky it looks like a giant star (that's why it's fondly called L'Etoile - The Star) and you have the Arc de Triumph smack in the middle...

Anyway... no stop/yield signs, no red lights, no traffic cops, no nothing... basically it's the law of the jungle once you're in it...

It's common knowledge that it's the ONLY place in France where if there's a car crash the Insurance Companies will autmotically allocate the damages an equal 50/50 to each driver (regardless of who's fault the accident was)... I've only dared to drive in it once let alone cross it by foot...

... but the urban legend goes that my dad did cross it by foot while back packing in Europe back in the 70s (I guess he couldn't read the huge signs all over the place indicated the underground tunnels that serve that purpose precisely! LOL) and he made it alive...

... and then you wonder why mexicans don't stop for peatones crossing the street! ;)

Fned.
CancunCanuck said…
Susan- I counted, zero complete stops though a couple of rolling ones. Thanks for checking in mami!

Nancy- Sounds like Mazatlan drivers have the same attitude as Cancunenses, everything is a suggestion not a rule!

tijuanahilton- I would have been terrified if I were you in Acapulco, scary drivers! Glad you can cross safely in Cali. Just watch out for earthquakes, haha.

fned- So happy to see you posting here, I was worried about you with all the nonsense going on in France! I've seen the Arc de Triumph glorieta in movies and pics, I hadn't even thought about attempting to cross! Cute story about your dad, haha.
Jonna said…
Yeah, I counted 2 hesitations... what Californians call a boulevard stop and the rest of the US calls a California stop.

I was in Cancun a couple days ago driving around for an hour or more looking for a mall I hadn't even known existed. Sheez! Talk about screwed up signs. At one point, we pulled over and got out the map and I said 'this HAS to be the street even though it doesn't SAY it is the street' - what seemed like a mile later we found the Gran Plaza mall. All this for an extension for a ceiling fan! People wonder what I do all day when it can take me 3 days to complete one simple errand. A friend said the other day, "I love Mexico but it is not convenient". No shit!
Mexico Way said…
Yeah..it's certainly not an "instant gratification" place.
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Anonymous said…
Hola Canuck, it's me Gringa :-) I just found your blog. I fell down in this very glorieta one day. Skinned one knee and had blood pouring down it. And the car that stopped in time before hitting me actually honked at me as I was getting up - like I ruined their day by falling down in front of them. A**! :-|
CancunCanuck said…
jonna- I am terrified in some ways to be getting a car. I've lived here four years but never driven here, I will feel like a newbie all over again, the streets are twisted!

Mexico Way- The only instant gratification is in the hotel zone for sure, and even then it's iffy.

Gringa, OUCH! Oh girl, so glad you didn't get hit, bad enough to be honked at while bleeding, thanks for the help there eh buddy?!

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