My speech was jotted in points on the back of the Meeting Agenda. I spoke about how so many countries have enhanced public transport, so why not the Bay Area? Traffic problems are going to get worse as new projects bring more people to this area because everyone wants to drive. Cars cause congestion. It’s a very car centric growth, we have to be more people centric – So many people benefit from it including the elderly, children, disabled, students and poorer people, many of whom are coloured and live along the ECR corridor. I talked about the cool new features which would be in this project and how sitting in a car with a dedicated lane for buses would make people stressing out in cars wish they were on buses, relaxing, using the WiFi or sleeping.
The safety and rules here are quite different to Oldenburg. Bikes ride on the road with the cars instead of elevated next to pedestrians. In many roads there are no separate lanes and you have to share a lane with cars. The rules say that you should keep as right as practical but the safety tips on several websites say that if you ride without taking as much space as you need, the chances of getting hit by doors of cars parked on the road or even cars entering the road from driveways is much higher – as drivers are going to look further into the street for other cars and could easily miss a bike. But on the bright side, Google maps shows which roads have bike lanes and recommends very different routes to what you would take if you were driving a car based on safety.
Today I took the drivers’ written test and passed with flying colours. I got all answers correct! I studied hard for the last couple of days although I was preparing using videos even sometime last week. I made it through ~100 pages of rules!
I’ve never seen my dad cry before! My grandmas, my aunts, grandad, and my mum too. I didn’t realise how much I and my getting married meant to them. It’s not a casual, nice celebration, it’s of big grand proportions of big grand and deep meaning. This overwhelmed me and I started crying too but the aachaar (pandit who does the ceremony) as well as some elders told me not to cry so I tried hard to hold it in.