ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pavements are not for walking

Updated on August 3, 2016

Perhaps because it is a society still in the process of development. In Jordan most people leave the pavements and walk on roads. It's quite a glaring phenomenon. You can see it in a lot of cases, people leaving the pavements and walking on roads, as if afraid they are going to spoil the ambiance of the spaces that are supposedly there for them.

In all fairness, and this has to be said people don't walk on the streets all the time, otherwise there might be an increasing number of accidents what with cars zooming from all directions.

In the downtown Amman for instance, people do stick to the pavements in fear of road hogs, and fast-movers and shakers in their colourful machines. But in neighborhoods and in a lot of side streets, people have long said goodbye to pavements and have got into the habit of walking on roads and cracked asphalt.

It has become part of the values and culture of society over the years. No one really thinks it is unusual to be adopting such habits, walking on roads that are clearly not marked for pedestrians—mind you, I think there should be signs every 200 yards that state "Dear citizens roads are for cars, let them pass please".

But maybe we shouldn't put all the blame on pedestrians. In this small vicinity of the world, pavements on the whole, are a relatively new concept, particularly in the more recent districts of the capital.

Were they exist, they are a foot high, and congested with different kind of trees, the favorite being olive trees. I asked one acquaintance why the pavements are so long and he came up with a theory.

He said they are made in this way to be able to accommodate the coating of asphalt that are periodically slapped on these roads. But I really could not understand the logic of this since in all the years in my neighborhood I never so much as seen a new asphalt coating. I've seen cracks in roads, dilapidation, occasional digging that would be papered over, but I never seen complete coatings. Maybe, they took place, whilst I wasn't looking, or I may have been abroad at the time, but I just can't remember.

I am not being difficult here, but I think it’s a bit of a chore and a struggle to lift one leg, or one foot on these pavements and have another tough job to get your other limb. One old lady I personally knew broke her leg trying to put one leg over.

And once, you are up there, the pavement I mean, its oh no, there is another obstacle, a tree, with overflowing branches. So you have to get down again, sorry step down, walk a few yards, and then back up again on the pavement. But wait a minute, there is another olive tree sprouting.

Oh no, can I squeeze around it, be careful, ops, ops, ops, nearly fell down. It's really much better and easier to walk on the roads. At least, there its straight walk, that is if there are no cars parked next to the side of the roads, and if there it's tough, because you practically end up walking in the middle of the roads.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • SilentReed profile image

      SilentReed 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      I can relate with your friend's theory. Although concrete cement have replace asphalt for road construction, there are still pave asphalt roads here. Because they are thinly pave the rains usually leave potholes so they have to be overlaid again with a new coat of asphalt. They are a source of corruption in the public works.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)