31.01.2023

How much time do we waste in traffic jams: stories of Novosibirsk residents

Residents of Novosibirsk are in traffic jams for 2-3 hours a day. Last year Novosibirsk entered the top 9 cities in the world with busy roads. Our city is ahead of even Bangkok and Tokyo

There is a tradition in Novosibirsk – to get stuck in traffic jams in the morning and in the evening. In winter, when snow falls , the situation is aggravated. Sometimes you stand in a traffic jam and think that this time can be spent on something more useful. We asked Novosibirsk residents on our Instagram profile how much time they usually spend in traffic jams – the results are frustrating. But first things first.

According to our survey, 45% of city dwellers spend one to four hours a day in traffic jams. Only 6% of people spend 15 to 30 minutes a day in traffic jams (in time – as if they just decided to sleep after turning off the first alarm clock). Of course, it all depends on the type of transport that the resident of Novosibirsk uses to get to the destination, on the type of work (“remote”, office or non-standard schedule), on the remoteness of the place of residence.

So, people who do not stand in traffic jams or spend a minimum amount of time there admitted that they only get to work by metro, train or on foot. At the same time, people living on one bank and working on the other travel the longest (up to 4 hours a day in a traffic jam). Needless to say, the flight “Novosibirsk – Moscow” lasts four hours? It seems that we too rarely think about it.

Our reader under the nickname kashantap0 on Instagram brought out the ideal form of ignoring traffic jams: “Train + metro + walking part of the way. Although there is a car, I see no reason to waste life, nerves, spoil the environment, standing in a traffic jam. ” Do you agree with this formula?

We made a handy chart based on the result of the survey of the NHS readers in our Instagram profile (subscribe so as not to miss other interesting polls).

How much time do you spend in traffic jams?

Another our reader under the nickname mihail_starodubov on Instagram told his story and made the calculations: “I leave the left bank to the right at 07:00 in the morning, I stand for 40-50 minutes, and back at 17:00 – at least 1.5 hours. Total rounding up: 2.5 hours. For a 5-day work week, this is 12.5 hours. There are 52 weeks in a year, multiply 52 by 12.5 hours = 650 hours a year! 650/24 = 27.1 days! In general, if you round up, then one annual 28-day paid leave is spent on commuting to and from work. “

What else can be done while we are in traffic jams (suppose that a resident of Novosibirsk spends only an hour in traffic jams in a whole day, that is, 5 hours per working week and 20 hours per month)? Let’s remember that an English lesson or cooking dinner lasts 45-60 minutes, in 30-40 minutes you can wash a car at the car wash or change the oil, and in 5 hours lost in a week, you can get from Novosibirsk to Gorno-Altaysk. 20 hours a month can eventually be devoted to building a road or bridge to relieve the city. Or, as one of our commentators suggested, slowly but surely chop a metro tunnel with a pickaxe towards Stanislavsky Square or Plyushchinsky housing estate.

What else can you do during your time in traffic? Suggest options in the comments!

Earlier we wrote that the NSO will receive more than 3 billion rubles for the reconstruction of roads and the construction of the fourth bridge across the Ob, and the overhaul of the Oktyabrsky Bridge will take five years.

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