7 Reasons There is Always Traffic in Palestinian Cities
1. Infrastructure of Roads
Because the towns have been in existence for centuries, most of the cities have one main road and all the alleys and neighborhood roads lead to that main road.
2. Palestinians Drive Everywhere!
It is as if walking is not culturally acceptable, so everyone drives. Even if they want to go shopping to a nearby place, they always drive there.
(While it is true that most areas are hilly, which makes walking with groceries harder, there are ways to do so without using a vehicle.)
3. Too Many Cars
There are simply too many cars in the street, especially when schools finish for the day and parents rush to pick up their kids.
(An easy way to know is to ask how many cars does each household have?)
4. Bad Parking
Palestinians park their cars in the road, at times making the road even narrower than it already is!
5. Selfish Drivers
Drivers expect others to wait for them and allow them to make quick stops. Whether it is to quickly run into the store and buy something, pick up an elderly relative in the middle of the road, or the amount of time it takes to just shake someone’s hand and have a thorough ‘How are you?” greeting, Palestinians are surprised when the drivers behind them honk or question their stops.
6. Extended Shops
Some shops regard the road as part of their shop, and therefore they display some of their products on the street! This narrows the roads for drivers forcing them to slow down.
7. Pedestrian Kamikazes
When Palestinians want to cross a street in their town, they just do! They start crossing the road, and drivers are expected to stop for them. Sometimes it is the other way around, and cars simply drive through crowds like on the old market roads.