Rio 2016 street sign marking one lane at Avenida República do Chile, downtown Rio.
Recently painted, these Olympics street signs were spread all over the town in July. That’s when people started realizing the amount of chaos these lanes were about to create as they mark the traffic lanes that can be used only by the Olympic Committee authorized vehicles and in some special cases also by taxis and buses.
It was estimated that these lanes blocked about 260km of public roads for the Olympics, getting on the way of all citizens that are not involved in the games.
Some streets that have 2 lanes have had one painted, leaving only one open for traffic.
Fines for unauthorized use of these lanes are as expensive as R$1500. Bear in mind that the minimum monthly wages in Brazil are R$880. Meaning that some would need to work for more than an entire month in order to pay for a traffic ticket.
Photo taken on 08/Jul/2016.