Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Commuter schadenfreude

Oh what joy! The rat-runners using our road so as to avoid the traffic jam on ul. Puławska are turned back by roadworks along ul. Trombity. Driver of car in foreground (below) will soon be making a U turn.

Ha ha! Turn that wasteful, unnecessary SUV around Panie, and get back into that jam where you belong. (Oh the senselessness of this type of vehicle for one-per-car-commuting!)

Coming and going down ul. Nawłocka. Little does the driver of the silver Corolla realise that he's not going to get very far! For that mud and splashing, all this driver has achieved is losing his place in the queue of cars turning left from ul. Karczunkowska onto Puławska. Ha ha!

Look at Nawłocka. There's no asphalt, no pavement. I am unable to walk to the station without getting my shoes and trousers filthy. Because the road is potholed to bits by rat-runners.

And what's the blockage? Trombity is being dug up so that water mains can be installed for those citizens further down the road than us. Pavements. Sewerage. These are also things that we could do with living within the city limits of Warsaw, the capital of the EU's sixth largest member state.


student SGH said...

and serves them right!!!

Drivers will be leaning over backwards to find the rat runs until the S7 running west to the railway is built and opened.

Good point with the SUVs, those who buy it must suffer from inferiority complex. Often in town it makes me laugh when the new-rich drivers try to fit those sizeable vehicle into small gaps (parking spaces).

And a propos one-per-car commuting. Once I got in 319 bus on Karczunkowska stop, sat back as usually and made a small stat of number travelling by one car. In my sample of 200 cars:
- 119 carried only a driver,
- 46 had two commuters on board,
- 24 had three people on board,
- in seven there were four ones
- and in four I saw five people.

it wouldn't be that bad idea to let those vehicles carrying more than two people go by the bus lanes.

Michael Dembinski said...

I first saw Multiple Occupancy Vehicle (MOV) lanes in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. See this article about High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes on Wikipedia.

It seems from your observation that southern Warsaw cars have higher multiple occupancy rates (40.5%) compared to the USA (7%).

student SGH said...

in Poland, apart from driver-only cars I see scores of driver+passenger-occupied vehicles. That's why Warsaw authorities should weigh allowing the cars with driver and at least two passengers to use the bus lanes - if those 46 cars can be referred to as "double occupancy vehicle" (first hear those all those terms), their number is too high for the lanes to remain passable.

Taking thus a different criterion (three people in a vehicle) I'd see the figure applicable for southern Warsaw as 17,5% - still more than in the States.

PS. this week Puławska was suspiciously unjammed... My commutes between Mysiadło and Metro Wilanowska would take 20 - 22 minutes!