Monday, March 23, 2009

Where city traffic "collides"

Where city traffic "collides":
I wondered where the busiest city cross roads in the world are. Places where city traffic metaphorically collides and traffic rulez no longer excist. I figured out that this cross road in Ho Chi Minh city might easy be the busiest and most chaotic crossroad in a city in the world. At this point 6 roads with huge amount of motorbycicles and other traffic, like seen in the picture below, come together at one point:

The number of motorcycles in Ho Chi Minh city is currently 4 million, more then in any other city in the world. There are also over 500,000 automobiles, packing the city's arterial roads and making traffic congestion and air pollution common problems. While Beijing used to be called "the City of Bicycles", Ho Chi Minh City is "the Capital of Motorbikes". Crossing a road in the centre of this city is a real achievement ( youtube video ). As you can see there are not many traffic rulez in Vietnam and due to this every year 30,000 people die as a result of road accidents in Vietnam (that doesn't include the number of people injured).

Another very busy crossroad ca be found here in Lagos in Nigeria:

At this crossroad ,in the middle of this metropol with 10 million people, two main roads come together. Most of the time this road is highly congested because of the Oshodi market nearby and the big busstation along the road.
Pictures of the Oshodi market nearby can be seen below:

The roundabout of Connaught place in New Delhi in India is also among the busiest cross roads in the world. This roundabout is situated in the middle of an agglomeration with 13 million people so it probably comes as no surpise that this roundabout is congested most of the day:

When you are talking about the busiest pedestrian crossroad in the world then you have to be in Tokyo in Japan. The Shibuya crossroad in the Shibuya district in Tokyo is considered as the bussiest pedestrian crossroad in the world ( youtube). In rush hours the entire crossroad is filled with one big human crowd:

In bejing, the city of bycicles, drive 3 million cars around. This is causing really big smog problems in the city. Despite rising expenditure on prevending pollution control, Beijing is facing increasing problems as its booming economy never slows its pace. One of the most bussiest crossroads in the city is where the 3rd ringroad meets the main boulevard of Bejing:

At this point the traffic is like hell on rush hour:

In Europe a place of crazy and busy traffic in a city is the roundabout of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris where 12 roads of this city come together. At the point you enter the roundabout there are no traffic rulez anymore and the law of the strongest flourishes:

In the picture below you can see the traffic on the Champs Elysees, the main boulevard of paris, going towards the roundabout.

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