Though the chaos of this traffic captured in a square in the African city of Addis Ababa appears to be very dangerous for pedestrians, it is probably safer than it looks...


The lack of regulations, lights, signs fits with the traffic and design theories of the late Hans Monderman, a Dutch traffic engineer. According to his way of thinking, removing safety features and instructions from a road forces drivers to pay more attention to what's happening outside of their vehicles (pedestrians, cyclists) rather just blindly following the rules. The addition of this attention makes the traffic situation safer for all involved. The drivers in the Addis Ababa video are clearly not closed in their cars but are out and in the traffic itself.