The sidewalk barriers of Saigon

By Quynh Tran   February 20, 2017 | 11:29 am GMT+7

Local authorities have also resorted to ropes and chains to prevent motorcycles from jumping the curb.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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