I’d had a fantastic weekend in the mountains – relaxing, swimming, snoozing, walking. Just plain re-charged the soul. Bliss.
And it took only an hour to shatter that on Monday morning – being stuck in traffic for an hour on a route that normally takes me half an hour. And it was exacerbated by the fact that I’d left my radio face at a friend’s house on Sunday, meaning I couldn’t catch up on my daily dose of Cape Talk keeping me company…
The problem with the traffic was quite simple – selfishness on the part of other road users. In particular at the intersection of Klipfontein and Milner Roads in Rondebosch, where this is a constant problem.
If there is one thing that angers me more than anything as far as traffic goes (more than taxis, more than people cutting in, more than a n y t h i n g) – it is when drivers enter an intersection when they can’t exit on the other side. Everyone knows it’s wrong, so they probably sit there sweating, hoping and hoping that the light will stay green long enough for them to get through. Not daring to look left at the people whose path they’re blocking. Some of them probably don’t care that much though, as long as they are ahead of others.
And this is what happens at this intersection time and time again. It was ok for a while, but about 2 weeks ago it got crazy again – resulting in my super-frustrating trip yesterday.
So, remembering my mantra to “be the change I want to see” I searched the City of Cape Town website for a traffic manager – thinking I would e-mail him or her, and let them know there is a timing issue somewhere on that stretch, which is causing this widespread frustration.
And so it is that I found the “Report Traffic Signal Faults Online” page on the city’s website:
I must confess that I wasn’t convinced anything would come of it – but figuring I had nothing to lose (combined with the fact that I actually enjoy filling out forms…) I gave it a try.
I didn’t get any form of reply yesterday. Not a peep.
But this morning I did – loud and clear.
It only took me 20 minutes to get to work – and when I breezed through the normally congested intersection, I noticed that a bus and 2 cars had been pulled over by traffic officers, being ticketed.
Coincidence? Maybe… but I don’t think so.
The City of Cape Town works for me – again!
“Be the change you want to see”