December is right here which implies three issues: Buying, Christmas and extra site visitors. Our financial system loses round $2 billion on a yearly foundation because of the continual site visitors drawback and there’s no will from the authorities to repair this drawback and even think about a sustainable transport system for the entire nation and particularly for Beirut. The truth is, I do not know how these in cost can implement an entire system after they can’t even plan works correctly and may’t agree on a freaking 20 meter lengthy bridge.
Having mentioned that, we hold listening to about new apps, platforms and options to the site visitors disaster and whereas the proposed concepts are fairly inventive and sensible, they by no means work or they don’t actually assist a lot.
Why is that?
1- Automotive pooling doesn’t work right here: Automotive pooling is a really fundamental thought that may drastically cut back site visitors nevertheless it can’t work right here due to the dearth of city planning and chaotic street system. For instance, If I drove from Jeita to Beirut and want to carpool with somebody who lives in Zouk Mosbeh, I might waste round 20-25 minutes in site visitors to get there (until I go away dwelling at 6AM) which isn’t possible. The tiniest of detours would price you a whole lot of time on this nation so everybody would moderately received on his personal. I used to be discussing this concept with a buddy the opposite day and carpooling “may” work if it’s initiated by the businesses and banks and would save workers some cash nevertheless it’s nonetheless too advanced to implement.
2- Public Transport: It’s simple to encourage folks to make use of public transportation however I might by no means step right into a bus or taxi just because they’re soiled and noisy. Once you’re suited as much as go to work, the very last thing you wish to do is hop on a bus in Lebanon. Extra importantly, they take eternally to get to their vacation spot until you wish to threat your life and hop on a kind of Kamikaze mini buses. Again in my college days, I used to take a bus from Hamra road all the way in which to Jdeideh and whereas this may save me some huge cash, the journey took round 90 minutes.
Three- Bikes & Scooters: Encouraging Beirutis to make use of their bikes or scooters by apps like “Loop” might help cut back site visitors however to what extent? Once more the actual drawback right here is that driving round on a scooter or bike is extremely harmful in Lebanon and I’d moderately get caught for 2 hours in site visitors than experience a motorcycle, and I’m certain many agree with me.
Having mentioned that, I don’t wish to sound pessimistic however don’t count on site visitors to get higher any time quickly, as a result of the actual drawback is just not solely the growing variety of vehicles, however the mismanagement of our roads, the zillion exits and entries on the primary roads, the growing numbers of retailers on the highways and roads, the growing variety of reckless drivers and naturally the ever-failing enforcement of a correct site visitors legislation.