‘VIP’ Lanes

As I was walking back from the shops just now, I had my first encounter with the new rules of the road for the Olympics.  I was approaching a crossroads when a gaggle of Police om motorbikes motored up and closed off the intersection to vehicle and pedestrian traffic alike.  I had to wait at the pedestrian crossing in a gathering crowd for five minutes or so until a group of three vehicles bearing the Olympic logo came through, and then another coule of minutes until the last of the escort had passed through and we pedestrians were allowed to cross while the traffic was held until we had all done so.

I think I’ve written before about how annoying that could be in Moscow, with their ‘VIP’ lanes on all the roads, and now we will have it here for the next month or so.  It could get interesting.  The reaction of the pedestrians who had to wait  – lots of them, of course, on their way home after a day at work – was interesting.  I wonder how the ‘VIPs’ in their limos felt to see a crowd of angry commuters all shaking their fists and shouting insults?  Not that they could hear them, but the body language would have been expressive enough.  The poor old cops weren’t too happy…