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Monday
Jan162017

While Sitting in Traffic

If you live in the GTA and have been dealing with congestion for a while; you are familiar with just sitting in your vehicle and not moving very fast.

It gets even more interesting when you just got off a plane at Pearson, fetched your vehicle out of the parking, and start on a couple of 400 series highways. Yes...400 series highway are some of the most congested roads in Canada, and probably North America.

At Strada we are not strong on being on the phone or multi tasking in a vehicle preferring to focus on the task of driving. It gets even more interesting after spending several hours in a plane, and now sitting in a vehicle, and crawling.

Here is the deal:

We review all sorts of vehicles, always have an interest of what is on the road, and when you are crawling its a great opportunity to observe what folks are driving at a slower speed. Interesting enough at some point its all a blur of cars, utilities, trucks, and heavy duty trucks pulling trailers.

Absolutely...the folks that are forever changing lanes trying to gain half a length.

You start observing who is driving what, and perhaps reasons for driving such a vehicle.

At one point we are gaining on a utility in the middle lane. Most utilities look the same from the back, this one is a GLC300 (M-B) with an older individual driving. "Why would this guy get a GLC at his stage in life?" this thing is lacking any kind of a cool factor. Its another utility lost in a sea of utilities on the road. 

Behind us for the longest of time there's a CTS Coupe a few years old that still looks cool, with also an older individual driving.

"Are we the only ones that feel strongly that metal must resonate?"

"Is everyone just getting metal for the sake of having transportation?"

"Why am I usually looking up from the car I'm sitting in?" Simple with the sea of utilities and pick ups a car is quite low.

"All this time and gas literally wasted going nowhere fast." The joys of urban living.

"What are my chances of apexing the exit?" Probably not good...too many vehicle, too slow.

"Why did this guy get a GLC?" Still no answer...must be that utilities are practical, and sort of all look the same.

 

Wednesday
Jan112017

Urban Congestion

We often make references to congestion on highways especially in major urban areas. Its traffic, it takes longer, it requires patience.

Although the photo is slightly out of focus, you can see that The Colonel travelled 29 kms at an average speed of 27 kph it took over 1 hour. The fuel economy was 15.1 L/100 kms...yes also a little chilly outside at minus 9 C.

There are sound bites about self driving cars, fuel economy, winter tires, and so on and on. Having to endure congestion is part of the urban reality these days. Do we really focus on how much time, and resources are wasted in dealing with congestion?

There are hundreds or is it thousands of vehicles/drivers enduring the same situation on that specific highway, at that time. Obvious there are several other highways/roads that are also congested.

As you sit in a car dealing with congestion its easy to immediately think about AV's (autonomous vehicles) that would make it more productive (on the premise that you could be doing something else). Then the thought goes to "Are we really on the cusp of having full on AV's?" and as you continue to crawl "Don't think so" immediately comes to mind.

Even as CES is going strong in Las Vegas and AV's are navigating parking lots, for some reason AV's in winter in Canada...perhaps its not a done deal just yet.

In the meantime we endure congested highways, poor usage of time, and resources (gasoline).