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Finn uses tai chi to stop traffic in Fuzhou and teach drivers a lesson    

One man in China has gotten so frustrated with motorists who refuse to give way to pedestrians that he has taken matters into his own hands.

Fri, Jan 06, 2012
AsiaOne
(ref: http://motoring.asiaone.com/prin ... 0120106-320325.html)

   
FUZHOU - One man in China has gotten so frustrated with motorists who refuse to give way to pedestrians that he has taken matters into his own hands.

He resorts to jumping in front of cars and using tai chi to make sure they stop for them.

According to Chinese media reports, Finnish Mario Hakulinen is an expatriate who has lived in Fuzhou for the past 12 years.

The expatriate, whose Chinese name is Ma Ruinan, says that in the beginning Fuzhou had less traffic and was quiet.  But now traffic has become a big headache. Motorists do not pay attention to pedestrians at all, Hakulinen explains in a video in fluent Mandarin.

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He elaborates. Instead of stopping at the pedestrian crossings, they will speed up, refusing to let pedestrians cross. And he gets angry whenever he sees these scences.

He worries about the safety of the residents, Hakulinen explains. "I wish for safe traffic."

In 2009, he decided he had enough of allowing cars to cross first at pedestrian crossings and wanted instead for cars to stop for him.  So he adopted tai chi moves, thinking that it could allow him to safely cross the road without being fearful of incoming traffic.

It is his way of conveying to the motorists the need to slow down, he says. After all, tai chi is a tranquil and peaceful exercise.

And it worked. In the video (click link above), cars, including large buses, stopped for him and other pedestrians to cross.
He adds, "One day I would like Fuzhou to be the safest city in China."

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