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Jaywalking in Cuba. EnglishCornerCafe.com. Traffic Discussion. How do you usually get around the city ? What do you think of the subway system? How often do you use it? Do you like it? What do you think of street traffic here? Do you like driving?

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jaywalking in cuba

Jaywalking in Cuba


traffic discussion
Traffic Discussion
  • How do you usually get around the city?
  • What do you think of the subway system?
  • How often do you use it? Do you like it?
  • What do you think of street traffic here?
  • Do you like driving?
  • Is this a good city for walking and cycling?
  • Should more people use these methods of transportation?
  • What keeps people from walking and cycling more often?
  • What do you think could be done to improve the transportaton systems here?


traffic vocabulary
Traffic Vocabulary
  • Sidewalk
  • Bus stop
  • Traffic light
  • Lane
  • Motorist
  • Pedestrian
  • Zebra crossing
  • Crossing guard
  • Avenue
  • Jaywalking
  • A part of a road for a column of traffic
  • A place to walk across a street
  • Someone who is walking
  • Another name for a street
  • Someone who helps people walk across streets
  • A place where the bus stops
  • Walking in or across automobile lanes
  • Something which controls who goes and who stops at an intersection
  • Someone who is driving
  • A place for people to walk beside the road
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Match these words...

...to these definitions


listen and fill in the gaps
Listen and fill in the gaps

Havana-- 1,300 pedestrians are ____________ each year, and more than 150 are ____________ by cars. Visitors from ____________ cities often feel ____________ there is very little ____________ in this 2.1-million-person city. However, even with only a ____________ cars, there are many traffic ____________ because of the lack of caution and the ____________ city systems.

Along Malecon, a six-lane avenue, ____________ are no zebra crossings for 8 kilometers, and ____________ run across the street to ____________ into the ocean. A couple walks ____________ down an unlit street and a 1950s car speeds ____________ only a few centimeters away. Two ____________ stand in the middle of the____________ and try to get a ride from motorists so ____________ won’t need to use the over-crowded buses. Two of these busses ____________ in the center of the ____________ to exchange passengers, and there are no ____________ stops to protect the commuters. A woman ____________ pushes a stroller across ____________ avenue in front of coming cars. A bored traffic cop ____________ the jaywalkers. It looks like a scene from the video game Frogger.

The local ____________ call it “toreando autos”, or “bullfighting with cars” (like the Spanish ____________). But the local newspaper ____________ it “Lethal Imprudence” and “social indiscipline”. Laws in ____________ make motorists who ____________ pedestrians go to jail. Local ____________ Alejandro Llanes, though, objects to ____________. He points to the pedestrians ____________ across the auto lanes and ____________, “Look at that! If something happens there, whose fault ____________ it?” There are calls to ____________ this suffering “through love of ____________ and sufficient caution.”


did you understand
Did you understand?
  • How many pedestrians are hit every year?
  • How many die?
  • How many people are there in Havana?
  • What problems are there on Malecon?
  • Where do busses stop?
  • What happens


traffic crimes
Traffic Crimes

Rank these crime from most to least offensive:

  • Driving while intoxicated (drunk driving)
  • Running a red light
  • Parking in a bicycle lane
  • Jaywalking
  • Speeding (10 km/hr over the limit)
  • Riding a motorbike on the wrong side of the road

Use these phrases:

  • This is not as bad as that
  • This is worse than that
  • This is as bad as that
  • I think... because…
  • Discuss why!!!


traffic in your city
Traffic in your city

Discuss these questions with your group:

  • What are some traffic problems in your city?
  • Which are the biggest problems? why?
  • Is there a problem between pedestrians and motorists here?
  • Is there a problem between bicycles and motorists?
  • What do you think would solve these traffic problems?
  • How do you travel in your city? Do you like it?
  • What would be your ideal way to travel? Why?


good and bad solutions
Good and bad solutions

Discuss2 prosand 2 cons of each

  • Reduce private car use to 1 day per week
  • Give away 1 milion free electric bikes
  • Increase subway and bus frequency
  • Add 25% more subway and bus routes
  • Your group's solution


what were your solutions
What were your solutions?
  • Discuss which solution is best
  • Argue like Americans!

Use these:

  • This is better than that
  • This is not as good as that
  • I think... because...

Discuss why!


want more
Want more?


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