There is a serious chance you can die in Israel from taking the train, riding the bus or driving a bike.
It’s official. Using any form of responsible or public transportation in Israel can get you killed: three carriages of a commuter train between the cities of Herzliya and Netanya caught fire this morning, seriously injuring one passenger, with 78 others moderately or lightly injured. Several were hurt while jumping off the train.
In November, one man was killed and three more severely injured when a truck driver intentionally smashed his truck into a bus stop in Akko. And in May, 5 people were killed on the Egged bus around the Akko area as the bus driver side-swiped a transport trailer. Fifty-six more people were injured. The bus driver was charged for aggressive driving.
Cycling accidents are growing exponentially in the country. Hits and runs, and deaths by car are far too common. “Riding in Israel today is super-dangerous,” says Bonnie Eshel who heads an Israeli biking federation. “Practically every day there are accidents, and the fact that we don’t have a higher number of fatalities is more a matter of luck. I feel this personally. One time they will throw things at me from a car that is traveling 80 kilometers an hour, another time they spray water, and once they even held a knife to me from out of the car window.”
All arrows are indicating that people start buying ecologically disastrous Hummers to stay safe. What do you think?
Read more about public transportation in Israel:
The Tel Aviv Train Project Chugs Along
The Wheels of a Coverted Zimmer Bus Go Round and Round
Israel a Nation of Cycling Freaks