The sidewalk barriers of Saigon

By Quynh Tran   February 19, 2017 | 08:29 pm PT
Local authorities have also resorted to ropes and chains to prevent motorcycles from jumping the curb.

Barriers have been installed in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 since early February to stop motorcyclists from driving on the sidewalks. However, some are still managing to slip through.


This measure has also been adopted in other inner-city districts. Most of the area around Gia Dinh Park located near Ho Chi Minh City’s international airport is cordoned off by iron bars.


“Thanks to these barriers, people have a safe space to exercise and relax,” said a traffic warden at the park.


A 500m fence was erected along Vo Van Kiet Street in District 5 in March 2016 to prevent street vendors from setting up shops.


A barrier and a notice board at the entrance of Le Van Tam Park, District 1, instructing people not to drive their motorbikes.


Similar bars are seen at 30/4 Park near Saigon’s Notre-Dame Cathedral.


There’s a gap between the two barriers to make it easier for pedestrians to weave through.


At 23/9 Park, the management board are also using chains to prevent vehicles. 


However, the barriers are causing problems for people in wheelchairs. “If I want to go out, I need somebody to carry me rather than going by myself,” said a disabled woman named Nga.

 Photos by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

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