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Old October 30th, 2010, 01:28 AM   #3661
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Guyana and Suriname became independent though. The British and Spanish recognized the independence of many former territories around the Caribbean basin, but the French didn't as much.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 03:48 PM   #3662
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The Czech Polish border crossing D1 x A1 under construction.
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The actuall state of the border section D1 x A1 near Bohumin. All credit to Ceske Dalnice and Hiob.

From the Polish side towards Czech side. The border is clearly visible as there is the end of asfalt surface.

All pictures are taken from the gallery at ceskedalnice.cz. Credit to Hiob. The gallery is here.
http://foto.ceskedalnice.cz/vase-fot...-D1/index.html
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Old November 4th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #3663
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Old November 4th, 2010, 03:18 PM   #3665
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They have a lane-change bridge at the Brazil - Guyana border (in the freaking middle of nowhere, this piece of infrastructure connects to a dirt road into Guyana)

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Old November 4th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #3666
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Ingenious Flipper Bridge Melds Left-Side Drivers With Right-Side Drivers
Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road, mainland China on the right. So how do you prevent crashes when driving between them?



One of the most vexing aspects of traveling between mainland China andHong Kong is the car travel: People in the former drive on the rightside of the road; people in the latter drive on the left (a vestige of the British empire).So to quellconfusion at the border and, more importantly, to keep cars fromsmashing into each other, the Dutch firm NL Architects proposed a brilliant, simple solution, the Flipper bridge
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Old November 4th, 2010, 05:01 PM   #3667
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Why not simply ask Hong Kong to switch to right-hand driving?
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Old November 4th, 2010, 07:37 PM   #3668
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Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road, mainland China on the right. So how do you prevent crashes when driving between them?



One of the most vexing aspects of traveling between mainland China and Hong Kong is the car travel: People in the former drive on the right side of the road; people in the latter drive on the left (a vestige of the British empire).

So to quell confusion at the border and, more importantly, to keep cars from smashing into each other, the Dutch firm NL Architects proposed a brilliant, simple solution, the Flipper bridge.



The bridge does exactly what the name suggests: It flips traffic around. The key here is separating the two sides of traffic, using a figure-eight shape. One side of the road dips under the other, funneling cars that were traveling on the left to the right (and vice versa), without forcing them to encounter head-on traffic at an intersection. The bridge makes what should be a disorienting switch exquisitely easy. Check out PixelActive's 3D model of the traffic flow below:

Say, for instance, you're coming from Zhuhai. As you cross the bridge on the right into Hong Kong, the highway slopes downward to let you pass under the oncoming traffic. As it slopes back up, you reemerge on the left. No cars barreling straight at you. No concrete labyrinth to maneuver through. No sweat (and, ostensibly, no blood).



The bridge is part of a master plan NL Architects floated for an ideas competition on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a complex of bridges and tunnels connecting the west side of Hong Kong to mainland China and Macau. (As clever as their idea was, NL Architects, alas, didn't prevail; first prize in the professional category went to a proposal called "Under One Roof" that unctuously billed itself as "China, Macau and Hong Kong as one big family," all but ensuring a win.)



In some ways, though, perhaps the Flipper bridge may be too good of an idea. One of the great paradoxes of driving, as Tom Vanderbilt highlights in his terrific book Traffic, is that dangerous roads are actually safer precisely because they're perceived as dangerous; that is, they make drivers more vigilant and therefore less likely to get into a collision. (Which explains the seemingly inexplicable appeal of European roundabouts.)




In 1967, Sweden switched over to right-side driving, after years on the left, and everyone steeled themselves for a spike in accidents. Instead, incidents plummeted. Facing apparent peril, people became more cautious behind the wheel (and others probably stayed off the road altogether).

Sure, the Flipper bridge seems like a fail-safe idea. But what if a driver, lulled by the easy left-right transition, forgot that the change over had even been made? You can bet a horrifying accident would result. Sometimes, a little danger is a good thing.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 07:45 PM   #3669
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Complete list
This list should be consulted regarding any country that is small in both area and population. Year of changeover is listed where applicable.
Countries and areas driving on the left
  1. Anguilla (United Kingdom)
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Australia
  4. Bahamas
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Barbados
  7. Bermuda (United Kingdom)
  8. Bhutan
  9. Botswana
  10. Brunei
  11. Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)
  12. Christmas Island (Australia)
  13. Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia)
  14. Cook Islands (New Zealand)
  15. Cyprus
  16. Dominica
  17. East Timor or Timor-Leste (drove on right 1928 -1976)
  18. Falkland Islands (United Kingdom)
  19. Fiji
  20. Grenada
  21. Guernsey (Channel Islands, cars are not allowed on the islands of Sark and Herm)
  22. Guyana
  23. Hong Kong (China itself drives on the right)
  24. India
  25. Indonesia
  26. Ireland
  27. Isle of Man (United Kingdom)
  28. Jamaica
  29. Japan (Okinawa drove on right 1945-1977)
  30. Jersey (Channel Islands)
  31. Kenya
  32. Kiribati
  33. Lesotho
  34. Macau (China itself drives on the right)
  35. Malawi
  36. Malaysia
  37. Maldives
  38. Malta
  39. Mauritius
  40. Montserrat (United Kingdom)
  41. Mozambique
  42. Namibia (1918)
  43. Nauru (1918)
  44. Nepal
  45. New Zealand
  46. Niue (New Zealand)
  47. Norfolk Island (Australia)
  48. Pakistan
  49. Papua New Guinea
  50. Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom)
  51. Saint Helena (United Kingdom)
  52. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  53. Saint Lucia
  54. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  55. Seychelles
  56. Singapore
  57. Solomon Islands
  58. Somaliland (northwest of Somalia seeking independence)
  59. South Africa
  60. Sri Lanka
  61. Suriname
  62. Swaziland
  63. Tanzania
  64. Thailand
  65. Tokelau (New Zealand)
  66. Tonga
  67. Trinidad and Tobago
  68. Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom)
  69. Tuvalu
  70. Uganda
  71. United Kingdom
  72. British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
  73. U.S. Virgin Islands (the United States itself drives on the right)
  74. Zambia
  75. Zimbabwe
Countries and areas driving on the right
  1. Afghanistan
  2. �land Islands (Finland)
  3. Albania
  4. Algeria
  5. American Samoa (United States)
  6. Andorra
  7. Angola (1928)
  8. Argentina
  9. Armenia
  10. Aruba (Netherlands)
  11. Austria (1936)
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Bahrain (1968)
  14. Belarus
  15. Belgium
  16. Belize (1961)
  17. Benin
  18. Bolivia
  19. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  20. Brazil
  21. British Indian Ocean Territory (1960s?- the United Kingdom itself drives on the left)
  22. Bulgaria
  23. Burkina Faso
  24. Burundi
  25. Cambodia
  26. Cameroon (Former British Cameroon 1961)
  27. Canada (British Columbia and Maritime provinces during 1920s, Newfoundland 1947)
  28. Cape Verde (1928)
  29. Central African Republic
  30. Chad
  31. Chile
  32. China, mainland (southern provinces 1946)
  33. Colombia
  34. Comoros
  35. Congo, Republic
  36. Congo, Democratic Republic
  37. Costa Rica
  38. C�te d'Ivoire
  39. Croatia
  40. Cuba
  41. Czech Republic (1938)
  42. Denmark
  43. Djibouti
  44. Dominican Republic
  45. Ecuador
  46. Egypt
  47. El Salvador
  48. Equatorial Guinea
  49. Eritrea (1964)
  50. Estonia
  51. Ethiopia (1964)
  52. Faroe Islands (Denmark)
  53. Finland
  54. France
  55. French Guiana (France)
  56. French Polynesia (France)
  57. Gabon
  58. Gambia (1966)
  59. Georgia
  60. Germany
  61. Ghana (1974)
  62. Gibraltar (1929 - the United Kingdom itself drives on the left)
  63. Greece
  64. Greenland (Denmark)
  65. Guadeloupe (France)
  66. Guam (United States)
  67. Guatemala
  68. Guinea
  69. Guinea-Bissau (1928)
  70. Haiti
  71. Holy See (Vatican City State)
  72. Honduras
  73. Hungary (1940)
  74. Iceland (1968)
  75. Iran, Islamic Republic of
  76. Iraq
  77. Israel
  78. Italy (change between 1890s and 1920s)
  79. Jordan
  80. Kazakhstan
  81. Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (1946)
  82. Korea, Republic of (1946)
  83. Kuwait
  84. Kyrgyzstan
  85. Lao People's Democratic Republic
  86. Latvia
  87. Lebanon
  88. Liberia
  89. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  90. Liechtenstein
  91. Lithuania
  92. Luxembourg
  93. Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
  94. Madagascar
  95. Mali
  96. Marshall Islands
  97. Martinique (France)
  98. Mauritania
  99. Mayotte (France)
  100. Mexico
  101. Micronesia, Federated States of
  102. Midway Atoll (United States)
  103. Moldova
  104. Monaco
  105. Mongolia
  106. Morocco
  107. Myanmar (1970)
  108. Netherlands
  109. Netherlands Antilles (Netherlands)
  110. New Caledonia (France)
  111. Nicaragua
  112. Niger
  113. Nigeria (1972)
  114. Northern Mariana Islands (United States)
  115. Norway
  116. Oman
  117. Palau
  118. Panama
  119. Paraguay
  120. Peru
  121. Philippines (1946)
  122. Poland
  123. Portugal (1928)
  124. Puerto Rico (United States)
  125. Qatar
  126. R�union (France)
  127. Romania
  128. Russian Federation
  129. Rwanda
  130. Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
  131. Samoa (mid-1990s?)
  132. San Marino
  133. S�o Tom� and Pr�ncipe (1928)
  134. Saudi Arabia
  135. Senegal
  136. Serbia and Montenegro
  137. Sierra Leone (1971)
  138. Slovakia (1938)
  139. Slovenia
  140. Somalia (1970s? except Somaliland)
  141. Spain
  142. Sudan (1973)
  143. Svalbard (Norway)
  144. Sweden (1967)
  145. Switzerland
  146. Syrian Arab Republic
  147. Taiwan (Republic of China) (1946)
  148. Tajikistan
  149. Togo
  150. Tunisia
  151. Turkey
  152. Turkmenistan
  153. Ukraine
  154. United Arab Emirates
  155. United States
  156. Uruguay
  157. Uzbekistan
  158. Vanuatu
  159. Venezuela
  160. Viet Nam
  161. Wake Island (United States)
  162. Wallis and Futuna (France)
  163. Western Sahara (occupied by Morocco)
  164. Yemen (South Yemen in 1977)
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Old November 4th, 2010, 07:55 PM   #3670
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Some of these territories hardly have 1 road. Like the Pitcairn Islands and many other island nations in the Pacific which used to be part of the British empire.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:26 PM   #3671
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Ingenious Flipper Bridge Melds Left-Side Drivers With Right-Side Drivers
Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road, mainland China on the right. So how do you prevent crashes when driving between them?



One of the most vexing aspects of traveling between mainland China andHong Kong is the car travel: People in the former drive on the rightside of the road; people in the latter drive on the left (a vestige of the British empire).So to quellconfusion at the border and, more importantly, to keep cars fromsmashing into each other, the Dutch firm NL Architects proposed a brilliant, simple solution, the Flipper bridge
This crossing is handled using a series of helices on the 'mainland' side in Shenzhen:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=2...21973&t=k&z=16

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Old November 4th, 2010, 09:32 PM   #3672
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Why not simply ask Hong Kong to switch to right-hand driving?
Yeah, 'cause it's that easy, isn't it?
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Old November 4th, 2010, 09:56 PM   #3673
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Šahy(SK)-Parassapuszta(H).


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Approaching the border.






Slovakia on the left, Hungary on the right.




Slovakia.
















Strangely, no Hungarian translation.


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Coming back to the Hungarian soil.





















Quick towards Slovakia.




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Old November 4th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #3675
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Approaching the border.
Interesting. This iis in Slovakia, but the sign is already in Hungarian. Normally these signs are in the language of the country where it is situatied (in this case: it should be Slovakian).
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Old November 4th, 2010, 10:28 PM   #3676
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Maybe Hungarian minority, which is quite strong in this part of Slovakia, wished to have Hungarian sign?
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Old November 4th, 2010, 10:32 PM   #3677
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Belgian - French border near Givet
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Belgian - German border (Belgium is left, Germany right)
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Belgian - Dutch border
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Old November 4th, 2010, 10:44 PM   #3678
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Štúrovo(SK)-Esztergom(H), Slovak side 31st October, night.

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Old November 4th, 2010, 10:47 PM   #3679
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Border crossing Durankulak (BG) - Vama Veche (RO) on the 24/01/2010 after a snow blizzard:









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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #3680
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This is what is now left from Kołbaskowo/Pomellen border station at A11/A6:

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