I drive a LOT in downtown Toronto traffic, so I decided to start filming some examples of why gridlock plagues our city, as I head east, west, north, and south on a daily basis.
Here are four videos that I’ve shot in the last couple weeks, which outline four of the major reasons why Toronto seems to be one giant traffic jam.
There are other reasons, no doubt about it. But until I quit my job to make iPhone videos all day, we’ll have to settle for these…
I wish I had more time.
I wish I was in my car more.
I wish I had a video camera stuck to my head, to record everything I see and do.
Only then would we be able to come up with a “Top 30” list of causes of Toronto traffic.
Here are four videos I shot, and four root causes of Toronto traffic.
Construction has to be the #1 cause of traffic congestion in the downtown core every year, without a doubt.
But while I understand that we, as a city, need random holes dug in city streets while eight guys stand around watching, smoking cigarettes, and getting paid, I do think there’s a lot of times where construction equipment is left behind when it need not be.
Have a look at this example:
I’m going to take hell for this one, but so be it.
I’ve long maintained that streetcars are a ridiculous form of public transit, since they’re stuck in ONE lane of the road, and can’t move left or right.
A bus would be able to move to the right, pick up people, and let cars pass on the left.
But a streetcar simply allows people to walk THROUGH the lane of traffic, to the streetcar, while cars stop around it.
Or sometimes, they just stop in the street, and clog traffic.
3) Delivery Trucks, Buses, & Anybody Doing Anything
What good is a four-lane road when it’s down to two lanes?
Richmond Street drives me insane, since the left and right lanes are always stopped with delivery vans and buses.
Every day on Richmond Street, Fed-Ex, UPS, Shred-It, and any delivery van in the city will pull over, park illegally, and turn a 4-lane road into three lanes. A bottleneck is created, and traffic results.
Check this out:
4) People Pulling Over
This needs no explanation.
And hey – wasn’t John Tory going to ticket these guys 24/7?
Don’t worry, folks.
I was actually born with three hands, and I can drive with both feet. These videos were shot with safety in mind.
I didn’t set out to do this as a blog feature, but rather I just started to film things that bothered me, and after a week and and a bit, I had these four videos.
I set the “causes” up to match with the videos I shot, but if you can think of true “root causes” of traffic congestion, please share in the comments section below.