-------- "This is the time for action not only words, use your God given gifts to develop this country, dont be afraid to speak up, and feel PROUD THAT U R EGYPTIAN." -------- Mohaly, Feb 2011

Thursday, July 1, 2010

699) The Chronic Traffic Challenge !

Have you ever though how much does the traffic jams and problems in cairo cost us every year?
2.3 Billion Pounds (2,300,000,000 LE). Imagine!
This means that we lose an average of 4,400 LE every MINUTE of the day all over the year. Imagine if this amount is used to fund Education or Health or even helping the poor people! The weird thing is that this problem has been there for more than 40 years now and guess what it is getting WORSE!

Same traffic jams, same blocked spots, same stupidity in handling it (e.g. having a 4 lane bridge ending in a 2 lane street!!!!, and having a 3 meters wide pavement on each side for the Tram in a 10 meters wide street!)...

I stopped going out in cairo except around home or AUC, other than that. I rather stay home and get bored. (the other option will be heart attack in the street, those who have driven their cars last Monday will know what i mean).

I think Carpooling is something that we have to adopt right now, we cant wait longer for the government as it seems that they aren't serious enough about fixing this chronic problem! Any other suggestions dear readers?

Mohaly
(writing from Alexandria heading back to Cairo)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

ibhog?

ahmed said...

wowwww!

ahmed said...

i cant believe the number!

Anon: what does ibhog mean here?

Mohaly said...
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Mohaly said...

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/32017.wss

check this out a great article about traffic in metropols.

Mohaly said...

49% of drivers in the 20 cities think that roadway traffic has gotten worse in the last three years, and 18% think it has gotten a lot worse. Five percent say traffic has improved substantially, with only Beijing (16%) and New Delhi (17%) reaching double digit scores. There are seven trouble spots based on the bottom two box scores (ranking traffic as "somewhat" or "a lot worse"): Johannesburg (80%), Moscow (64%), Toronto (64%), Mexico City (62%), Sao Paulo (61%), Milan (59%) and Buenos Aires (57%).
87% of the respondents have been stuck in roadway traffic in the last three years. The average delay is one hour. The "best" cities are Melbourne, Stockholm and Buenos Aires, where 25% or more say they have never been stuck in traffic. On the other end of the spectrum, the average reported delay in Moscow is 2.5 hours, where more than 40% say they have been stuck in traffic for more than three hours.
31% of respondents said that during the past three years traffic has been so bad that they turned around and went home. The percentage in Beijing, however, is 69%, the high for the survey; and only 15% in Berlin, representing the low.
If commuting time could be reduced, 16% of respondents worldwide would choose to work more. In New Delhi, 40% said they would work more, the high for the survey; while 5% in Madrid would work more, representing the low.

Rawanies said...

Carpooling, that was a brilliant project. Traffic in Cairo is terrible these days, with people spending more time stuck in jams than moving.
We all want to save time, energy, petrol, and some money; the question is how? Actually, how to make our country a better place? You know how, when we admit that we are wrong. Then, change from within. and become a better persons. Yes. We wont wait for the government. Simply becoz Egypt is us. You&me and them...
There are also some easy changes we need to make to our everyday life- keep our streets clean. Save water. Save paper. Save electricity. We need to be a smart shoppers- Look for products with less packagings. Try to buy natural and organic products which are better for us. and reduce the amount of pesticides and poisonous chemicals in the environment. O balach Pepsi. Avoid chocolate, fast food...

Well, get others on board. Talk to your neighbours and work colleagues about what you can do as a group to make your dreams come true. The more people you talk to, the more effective your efforts will be in making our country a beautiful place.

Rawani

Mohaly said...

Good ya Rawani, but it is too dreamy to do all together. We need to focus on one thing at a time then move to another after mastering it.

Rawanies said...

Dreams are absolutely OK. They are essential to life. They are even necessary, aren't they?
Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise - and here is the mystery of life.

Shabib said...

ok i will not give you suggestion but i will tell you something i faced

first i took only 2 driving lessons then i went to the traffic office to get my driving licence ..!!

i didn't make it in the exam but i have the licence now ...

a friend of mine was talking in the mobile while she was driving and she was stopped ..but she wasn't scared or anything just she showed 5 EGP and it was just like etfadaly ya hanem alf alf salama ...

el manzooma aslan fasda e7na fasdeen wel organization afsad

Mohaly said...

I am furious just found out that someone hit my mother's car badly while it is parking in the street, and ran away.

Nas weskha!

Shabib said...
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Shabib said...

this is what they call ...ya 2a3deen yekffeko shr el gayeen ...any how sorry for your mother's car ...but this is very normal ...

and i'd prefer to say welad bent mish nedeefa :)