Saturday, 25 September 2010

High-speed cars cause traffic jams

I am speculating on a theory that high-speed cars are the root of our traffic jams on 401 east around Toronto and probably around every large city.

Forty years ago cars did not go fast. It took 2 hours to go from Toronto to Willow Beach. Now it takes 45 minutes or so on a clear day at 5:00 a.m. because that is when the roads are clear enough to drive your car with no traffic jam. If you were to try the same trip at 6 or 7:00 or 8:00 a.m., it will take a lot longer. If you try it half an hour later, it will definitely take you a lot longer.  All of it due to traffic volume or fender benders or accidents.

There are other factors involved in this issue, such as an increase in population as well as an increase in cars on the road and an increase in places to live that are far from the city centre. But, the fact that a person believes that a trip from Willow Beach to Toronto is a “commute” instead of a “trip to the country” can only be attributed to the fact that the person has measured how long such a trip takes in their fast care at 7.4 kilometers per litre, and so buys the property, thinking that the trip on a Saturday morning is equivalent to the trip on a Monday morning. Therein lies the dilemma.

That trip on a Monday morning, during the regular school year and not on a P.A. day or government holiday, is slow and long. Longer depending on the time that you leave your house because people closer to the city will leave later and get in front of you on the highway, slowing you down even more.

Alas for fast cars.

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