The safest crosswalk in the world is in Russia - and it’s a joke

"Russia is a nation of contrasts - this’s why you’ll also find the world’s safest crosswalk here."

"Russia is a nation of contrasts - this’s why you’ll also find the world’s safest crosswalk here."

Alexandr Malm
Signs... but where are the cars?

Roads in Russia are dangerous. See the DashCamWeekly videos Russia Beyond regularly collects for you. Drivers - and pedestrians alike - need to keep an eye out! Those behind the wheel honk their horns with reckless abandon, forcing poor walkers into their best Usain Bolt impressions.

But Russia is a nation of contrasts - this’s why you’ll also find the world’s safest crosswalk here.

Two neatly cut wooden posts support two freshly printed signs marking the crosswalk in the village of Onguren, the Irkutsk Region (5,000 km east of Moscow). The trick is there are no cars and, strictly speaking, no proper road.

The signs were put there on the initiative of the local police who simply followed the law: Near every school there ought to be a crosswalk for pedestrians. But what seems only natural for big cities like Moscow looks pretty ridiculous in Onguren, which as the video shows, has no traffic.

We only hope the school kids will follow the signs and cross the “road” in the proper place.

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