Six Times Traffic Was Brought to a Standstill and Why You Should Carpool to Avoid the Traffic Chaos

September 14, 2018

Unforeseen traffic chaos is unfortunately very common in cities when something out of the ordinary happens, like a political, cultural or sporting event. When a large number of people travel toward the same destination, roads get jampacked and traffic slows down. Should people carpool to these special events, our roads and infrastructure wouldn’t be so strained and overcrowded. Passenger outlines times to carpool so that traffic chaos is avoided.

Traffic chaos due to a special event in a city could very easily be avoided if more people carpooled when travelling.

To the festival

Whether festivals are situated in the middle of a city or on the outskirts, traffic chaos is always a given when the visitors arrive and leave the festival site. Glastonbury festival in Somerset is a music festival hosting up to 200,000 people over a 5-day period. They faced major traffic delays in 2016, with some people stuck in their vehicles for up to 12 hours. All the roads in the proximity were congested and slow-moving. Although traffic was better in 2017, much to do with the favourable weather, traffic is still a huge problem for those attending the festival. Carpooling with Passenger could help ease the traffic and thus minimise the vehicles on the roads. 

To the concert or game

Just like with festivals, concerts or major sporting events normally attract a lot of people at a certain time to a specific arena. For example, at the end of June this summer, a concert in Cardiff resulted in traffic chaos and accidents, with fans travelling severely delayed. As there is an increased amount of traffic, so is there a stronger likelihood of accidents. We should carpool to these events to make sure we arrive in time. 

When there is a grand opening

Traffic congestions are very common when there is a new grand opening in a city, for example a new shopping mall. When Mall of Africa in South Africa opened, there were miles of traffic as customers wanted to take part in the opening deals. Therefore, carpooling is always a good idea when knowing that a lot of people are heading in the same direction.

When roads are closed off due to sporting events

Motor sport, marathons and cycling races, to name a few, are events that force the roads in cities to temporarily close down. And yet, the daily traffic on these roads will still appear, but on diversion routes, far less suitable for the traffic capacity, making the traffic scene in the cities chaotic.  

Liverpool city centre faced heavy traffic congestions as the main roads closed due to the Red Bull Drift Shifters 2018, a major motorsport event. Similarly, Glasgow’s morning traffic was severely affected as almost 100 routes were closed off due to a cycling event in the city, the European Championships’ Time Trial. Events affecting commuting peak hours are significantly disruptive, as a larger number of vehicles are on the roads, trying to get to work on a fairly narrow time gap. 

Knowing that roads will be hard to access at a certain time due to a particular event, ridesharing on demand with Passenger is the easiest solution to clearing up the roads when the road space is already compromised. 

When roads are closed off due to political events  

The Pope’s scheduled visit to Dublin in August would end up closing more than 50 roads, with parking suspended all over the city. This is an excellent time to request a ride or offer a ride with Passenger. It only makes sense to minimise the number of vehicles on the roads when the roads accessible are narrowed down. 

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