Rush hour in paradise


SOUTHHAMPTON, Bermuda – Despite laws limiting one vehicle to a household, Bermuda, a territory of about 65,000, has a unique version of gridlock thanks to roughly 32,000 cars and 62,000 mopeds.

With just three main byways – the North, South and Middle roads . . . seriously – rush hour heading into Hamilton, called “the city” by locals, can turn a 10 minute taxi ride into a 2-hour staring contest.

“If you try to get into the city between 7:15 and 10 (a.m.) it’s going to take you a long time,” our driver said.

Complicating matters, or perhaps making them bearable, is a complex system of communication via short horn blasts which translates, roughly, to a single honk serving as a warning to other motorists while two short honks is a greeting for a friend or family member. Three blasts, we can only assume, is used instead of a brake because no one ever slows down.