People spend 3.5 years of their lives in Istanbul traffic

Topsy-turvy traffic system!

– Istanbulites are sacrificing an average of 3.5 years of their lives for the delays caused by the intensity in the city traffic.

– Drivers moving in the arterial roads of Istanbul in 2017 moved at an average speed of 37 km / h during the day, and 54% of their time was lost due to traffic congestion.

– In the same arterial roads, the average speed of the drivers was measured at 26 km / h during the weekday mornings. 67% of the time the drivers spent on the road traveling in the morning was caused by traffic intensity.

– These values ​​increased even more during weekday evenings. Drivers moved at an average speed of 22 km/h and lost 71% of their time due to traffic congestion.

Beyond the Horizon

By Pradeep Kumar

The truth can sometimes be scary asTruth is stranger than fiction’ goes the proverb and experienced during my recent visit to Turkey, a transcontinental country which occupies unique geographic position, lying partly in Asia and partly in Europe and throughout its history acted as both a barrier and a bridge between the two continents.

The country has a north-south extent that ranges from about 480 to 640-km and it stretches about 1,000 miles from west to east.  Its well built highways toeing traffic regulations, whether in capital Ankara or financial centre Istanbul, which aims to be one of the top 20 financial centres in the world, remain congested most of the time with vehicles transporting tourists from one destination to the other.

Istanbul attracts huge number of tourists as over the centuries, many cultures have added their mark to the city. From the holy sites of Sultanahmet and 19th century European elegance of Beyoğlu to high fashion of Nişantaşı, the vibrant cafe society of Kadıköy and the football-loving streets of Beşiktaş, it’s easy to see why travellers say that Istanbul isn’t just one city, but multiple cities within one.

The city street accommodating vehicles and trams, like İstiklal Street jam-packed with tourists, showcases its uniqueness.

İstanbul is the second most congested city in the world, according to 2018 Global Traffic Score card of INRIX, an economy and business research center. It had analyzed 220 cities to prepare the score card.

According to the report, while the most congested city has been Russia capital Moscow, followed by Colombia capital Bogota, Mexico City and Brazi capital São Paulo.

As for the five cities with the lowest density of traffic congestion, they are Waterloo in Canada, Wichita and Tulsa in the US, Cordoba in Spain and Saskatoon in Canada. The report has also shown that while the traffic congestion in Moscow has decreased by 12% in comparison to previous report, congestion in İstanbul has increased by 6%.

Drivers stuck in traffic for 6.5 days in a year: When the hours lost in traffic congestion in a year are considered, İstanbul ranks 32nd among the 201 cities of the world. A driver in İstanbul spends an average of 157 hours stuck in traffic, which means that drivers in the city spend almost 6.5 days a year in traffic.

The capital of Colombia, Bogota ranks first in this category with 272 hours, while the capital of Turkey, Ankara ranks 11th in the list, the Aegean province of İzmir is 12th city with the highest number of hours lost in traffic.

Mustafa Sünnetçi, the Deputy Director General of Transportation Department of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality, made a statement on 25.09.2018, saying that according to INRIX data, the traffic congestion in İstanbul has eased.

Sünnetçi also claimed that İstanbul, which previously ranked 20th among 220 cities in terms of traffic congestion, was now 17th city in that regard.

However, when the reports released by the INRIX are considered, while Turkey ranked 3rd among 220 cities in 2017, it became the second most congested city in 2018.

According to a study by Yeditepe University Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management Department Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Yücelen, Dr. Serkan Gürsoy from Beykoz University and Prof. Dr. Okan Tuna from Dokuz Eylül University entitled Automobile Rhythms of Istanbul 2017‘, those living in Istanbul spend 3.5 years of their lives in traffic.

The academics of the three universities came together and followed the coordinates and speeds of 500 thousand vehicles in Istanbul traffic for 5 years. In the study, the levels of delays due to traffic intensity in the main arterial roads of Istanbul were measured. The study data was obtained by following 4,000-km of road network in Istanbul. For 5 years, the movement at this distance was recorded every two seconds.

Dr. Gürsoy said “of the 2 hours a day in traffic, 1 hour and 20 minutes are spent because of congestion. The weekly loss was similar to that of 7 hours due to similar congestions for 5 days”.

According to the survey, about 55% of the time drivers and passengers spent during travel in 2017 was lost due to traffic intensity. The distance to be traveled in 20 minutes in open traffic was taken in about 45 minutes. At heavy traffic hours, the average driving speed was determined to be 36 km/h.

Thus, the digital traffic signals, particularly with coloured lights [yellow (slow down), green (go ahead) and red (stop)] reflect effective management system as seen while two buses carrying our group travelled from one place to another punctuated by congestion. The number of vehicles increases abysmally during tourist season turning the traffic system topsy-turvy.

Of a total boundary length of some 6,440-km, about three-fourths is maritime, including coastlines along the Black Sea, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean, as well as the narrows that link the Black and Aegean seas. These narrows—which include the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles—are known collectively as the Turkish straits. Turkey’s control of the straits, the only outlet from the Black Sea, has been a major factor in its relations with other states. Most of the islands along the Aegean coast are Greek; only the islands of Gokceada and Bozcaada remain in Turkish hands. The maritime boundary with Greece has been a source of dispute between the two countries on numerous occasions since World War II.

Related posts