Some horrid commuting delays occur in Beijing, Mexico City, Johannesburg and New Delhi... but the worst traffic jam on record happened in France between Lyon and Paris, stretching for 109 miles on February 16, 1980.
(pretty chaotic traffic in Dhaka, Bangladesh; photo by Minur Ur Zaman/ AFP)
Was there not enough space in the van?! -
(a family tries to evacuate the flooded areas Novshery; photo by Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)
Plenty of time to get acquainted with your neighbour:
(in this case, these are taxi drivers lined up at the Shanghai Airport; photo China Photos / Getty Images)
Some of the traffic is exacerbated by complicated multilevel interchanges (which work well when they're designed well - see for example, Awesome Interchanges in Japan):
The location of this line-up seems to be Road 20, Ayalon Highway in Israel:
Traffic chaos obviously happens in any climate: hot or forbiddingly cold, like this appalling line-up in the middle of a harsh Moscow winter (right):
Achieve ZEN, right there in this traffic... Stay calm, breathe deep:
The only occasion when "Are we there yet?" (or even "Are we moving yet?") question actually means something
Are they actually going any where? Are they making any progress?
My wife and I experienced something like that while trying to get to Lake Geneva (the one in Wisconsin, not Switzerland). Turns out, thousands of other summer-struck families from Chicago had the same general idea...
Whatever that rural retreat place is, it must be pretty good to endure all this waiting:
(a road near Cayenne after the closure of the bridge Larivot; photo by Judy Amiet/ AFP)
Room for Improvement
One solution would be to buy a Vespa scooter:
This tongue-in-cheek drawing illustrates what modern urban centers often look like:
Why don't they spice our traffic commute with something like this? (see more crazy NL Architects projects here):
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