Previously, we looked at how traffic impacts the normal person’s life. Shockingly, most of us spend up to 90 hours a year in traffic.
Not only does this heighten stress levels, but it severely impacts your quality of life. There are a lot of ideas around beating traffic congestion on South African roads.
What Is Causing Traffic?
Naturally, the biggest causes of congestion are somewhat similar in each city. These include peak hour zones, road works, and poor road infrastructure. One analysis states that up to 40% of congestion is caused by “bottlenecks”, about 25% by “traffic incidents”, and 10% by “work zones”.
This is certainly no surprise to anyone sitting on the elevated freeway past the CTICC into town on a Sunday morning! Never mind the carnage that takes place during the week. Cape Town is notorious for its poorly designed infrastructure and mistimed traffic lights.
We won’t even get started on the quadruple intersection mishap that makes up Buitengracht and the afterthought inclusion of Helen Suzeman. Cape Town is the city where an off-ramp becomes an on-ramp in under 500 metres. You will find an off-ramp in the fast lane while you are driving on the N1 toward Century City. The fact that you can only get into the city from two routes simply creates an almost endless backlog in and out of the city.
As much as we love this beautiful city, many cannot handle the driving conditions.
What Are The Proposed Solutions?
The City has since come up with solutions to try and beat the traffic blues being inflicted on the residents.
According to Brett Herron, The City’s mayoral committee member for transport; “We cannot build ourselves out of traffic congestion. There is latent demand for road capacity.”
Many companies in the city are already implementing a flexi-hour policy. With work becoming more digital, many businesses are finding that this approach is working well. Employees are opting to take the 9am – 6pm shift and are missing a large amount of the stop-and-go traffic in and out of the city.
2. Bike Share
Cape Town is looking to Amsterdam for a solution to the unending traffic woes. The city has been trying to create a cycling-focused culture since 2012. A 16.4 cycle lane was created in 2012 and motorists were instructed to give a girth of 1.5 meters to a cyclist, or face harsh penalties. It is no surprise that, in the last few months, they have been putting out tenders to create a bike sharing scheme to get in and out of the city. Only in Cape Town.
3. Parking Cash-Outs
Once again the city is relying on companies to encourage their employees to use public transport. This scheme involves the company offering the cash equivalent of the parking costs that they would be paying to, instead, use public transport. This will obviously rely solely on the availability of public transport. It is, however, forecasted to drop traffic drastically!
4. Park And Rides
Although there are already several of these dotted around the city, the city wants to expand upon them. Not only are they big enough to cope with the rapidly expanding city, but there are simply too few. The city is, therefore, looking into developing them as a fully fledged alternative for commuters. They will also be working on the security and look into linking them to the established MyConnect Card.