Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The reason why Holland will be world champion soccer 2010...

Holland plays the semi-final against U-R-Gay tonight. And we have special forces...)!
Picture: thewestistheverybest.nl

Traffic Jam worse in Amsterdam than Istanbul?

I don't know who wrote that story but a Dutch newspaper reports that Dutch capital, Amsterdam has the worst traffic problems in Europe (..)," and adds, "average home to work travel time is a whopping 31.5 minutes". Do they consider Istanbul Europe, probably not. Anyway IBM investigated traffic jams in cities across the globe and ranked Amsterdam 13th, behind major metropolises such as Beijing, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Moscow and New Delhi.

And the situation in Amsterdam would be significantly worse if the bicycle wasn't so popular; some 23 percent of people in the capital go to work on a bike, compared to an average of two percent in other major cities. Interestingly, people in the Dutch capital are pretty laconic about traffic snarl-ups. IBM mobility expert Mark Huitema tells the "Amsterdammers complain the least about traffic problems".
Mr Huitema says the new government must tackle traffic jams in and around the capital and called for better public transport, more opportunities to work from home and improved traffic information. "Reports on the actual traffic situation in Amsterdam are about 30 minutes behind the facts, says the mobility expert.
Okay, this mobility expert has never been to Istanbul were commuting is average 1 hr, twice a day. And if you have bad luck 2 x 2.5 hrs a day. I know a lot of people who make that 4 a 5 hrs a day. Definetely, for IBM Istanbul is not Europe. And the Amsterdam public transportation is one of the finest in the world. I talk from own experiences.

Day Opening - July 6

The Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cros on Akdamar Island in Lake Van, Turkey