CityMash.com - Vancouver Sun broke the news that although Canada may seem sprawling its level of traffic compares to that of the United States!
According to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and their report entitled Grinding to a Halt: Canada’s Worst Highways, Vancouver occupies four spots on its recently published list of the top 20 busiest roads.
At least Canada is a beautiful country with sweeping vistas to be admired.
Using GPS technology, CAA gathered data on traffic bottlenecks around the country, and aggregated it in order to let Canadians know which roads to avoid.
Vancouver intersections Granville St at SW Marine Drive, and W Georgia St between Seymour St and W Pender St came in at numbers nine and ten, respectively.
Inside of the top 20, Granville St between W Broadway St and W 16th Ave ranked 15th, and George Massey Tunnel on Hwy 99 sits right at number 20.
Despite this news, there’s a silver lining. Former Vancouver chief city planner Brent Toderian believes there’s value in assessing high traffic areas.“Successful cities have congestion.” This is because retailers can make use of an area that’s highly congested. Cars slow down and drivers are able to take the time to look at the stores that surround them. This means the retailers have a better chance of sales.
There are great stores all across Canada, so a traffic jam that leads to a shopping spree wouldn’t be the worst thing.