How To Survive On A Road In Tbilisi

CAUTIOUS. FAST. BOLD. That’s what you need to be if you wanna stay alive, no matter whether you are a pedestrian or a driver here.

It’s 2 weeks already as we have moved to Tbilisi and we’re pretty trained now in crossing the streets. Dubai was not the best place in regard to drivers’ attitude towards pedestrian, but the infrastructure was at least safe, decreasing any possibility of an accident. In Tbilisi the crosswalk sign is read by drivers as “INCREASE YOUR SPEED NOW. DON’T LET THEM GO”. Together with very limited traffic lights and underground crossings, it adds a hell of an extreme in your life.

The situation is not better for the drivers. Merab, taxi driver, claims, that after a working day he feels literally like a “cut grass”. Georgians are very expressive, they drive fast, loud and aggressive. Window gesticulating must be a part of the course at driving schools. You may get a blink in your back from a bus driver in the right lane reproaching your not-speeding.

According to the stats, both, number of the road traffic accidents, as well as the number of injured continuously increases for the last 5 years (the stats are not normalized in regard to population or other factors). However, the rate of killed is stable at the level of 500–600 people a year, that is the lowest since 2002.

We haven’t bought a car yet and are still discussing, if we need one, considering how cheap public transport and taxi are. Given all the bother, it feels easier to wait until Leo is born and decide then.

In next few days I will write about renting apartment in Tbilisi, so stay tuned and recommend this post if you find it interesting.

Hi, I’m Viktor and I have just moved with my wife to Tbilisi, Georgia from Dubai. After 5 years in oil and gas companies, I am now struggling to find an inner entrepreneur and make him work. If you wish to read about expat life (Dubai and Tbilisi) and IT/tech, please follow my profile.