Traffic congestion is something I dislike — well, who doesn’t? Bad air from gas car fumes and time lost in clogged and congested traffic have huge societal costs. They come from poor urban planning and an over-reliance on the automobile (an inherently inefficient mode of transport in densely populated places — i.e., cities).
I have complained about a similar 4-hour traffic jam as the one discusses below, but that was into Miami at rush hour. In the following story, shoppers trying to leave a mall in the Vancouver metro area were trapped in traffic for 4 hours. It was so clogged that to move 10 feet sometimes took an hour (as one person reported).
Yes, in this story, vehicles and their drivers/riders were simply trying to get out of the mall parking lot.
This is Miami below. The story CleanTechnica is reporting on today is about a municipality that is missing public transit to this mall.
The Daily Hive:
“The parking lot traffic at Tsawwassen Mills was at a complete standstill for much of Saturday, to the extent that drivers were stuck in their cars for up to four hours trying to get out of the shopping center’s exits.
“Angry shoppers waited for so long that some gave up on the following traffic and made their own make-shift exits by driving on the grass and flower beds to get out of the mall. Among the many comments posted on social media, some even claimed that they were running out of gas waiting in the gridlock.”
Now here is a boon of EVs: EV drivers don’t like being stuck in traffic jams either, but they will not run out of range at a standstill.
The frightful report continues: “Fed up mall patrons who were making even less progress than those in my surrounding area began driving over grass medians to travel their desired distance,” Vanessa Obeng, who visited the mall today, told Daily Hive. “The rules of the road meant nothing as frustrated drivers became aggressive with one another.”
Modern life needs a revision to become civilized. In societies around the globe (but some more than others), we find similar situations. Does this make it seem like we have progressed or that we are still lacking intelligent civilization?
In Tsawwassen Mills, the report continued, “[They were] making dangerous turns and even leaving their vehicles to have verbal altercations. I even witnessed a man illegally park along Highway 17 and run to switch places with a loved one who was trapped in the line just ahead of us.”
The saga continues with this excerpt: “Kelly Kerr told Daily Hive that she drove into the parking lot just after noon after about 20 minutes of waiting, but when she realized it was too busy she decided to stay in her car and leave without stepping through the mall’s doors. The 6,000-car capacity parking lot was so congested that there was a one-hour period when her vehicle only moved about 10 feet.”
I am fatigued from only reading about the saga. Part of the problem is that there was not good, even adequate, public transportation to this particular mall. Furthermore, the city and these types of shopping centers weren’t built for sensible mass access and ease of flow.
So, count your blessings if you have good public transportation — even if you do not use it, remember that others will. By voting for public transportation, you take more cars off the road — you save time.
Remember, electric cars aren’t the only things needed to make our transportation systems more sensible.
- Vancouver 100% Renewable Energy Goal (Renewable Cities Video)
- Zagster + Zipcar = Zipbike — A New Vehicle-Sharing Venture Not About Cars
- Orlando-To-Miami Train Moves Forward As Potential Connector Between Central & South Florida
- Climate Change Gas Pump Warning Stickers Coming To Canadian City
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