Monaro Highway this morning

David Rowlands 23 June 2010 9

Does anyone know why traffic was virtually stationary on the Monaro Highway (northbound) this morning around 8.15 am?

I saw no evidence of a cause.

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9 Responses to Monaro Highway this morning
bd84 bd84 10:11 pm 23 Jun 10

Random traffic flash mob. Rocked up, stopped their cars in the middle of the road for 2 hours then drove off.

s-s-a s-s-a 5:56 pm 23 Jun 10

^^ LOL to almost every one!

OMG RiotACT is in form tonight 🙂

CanberraCreative CanberraCreative 4:35 pm 23 Jun 10

You didn’t get the memo, it’s “Drive to Work like in Sydney Day”. Once a year, we all slow down, get how middle fingers ready and head out to experience traffic the way it is in a real big city. That way, for the other 364 days a year, we can appreciate just how minor our “peak hour” really is in Canberra.

BenMac BenMac 4:20 pm 23 Jun 10

2 car accident, which occured before 615am.

S4anta S4anta 3:47 pm 23 Jun 10

Recumbent Cyclist. Every driver got the red mist, and they were too busy looking for the poor sod to run over.

Genie Genie 1:17 pm 23 Jun 10

Everyone left for work at the same god damn time

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 11:30 am 23 Jun 10

Was Ramos-Horta driving in from the airport? Plenty of AFP on bikes around Barton this morning.

hax hax 10:58 am 23 Jun 10

IQ of one Canberra driver (VIP) = 200+

Average IQ of 10 drivers = 120

Average IQ of 100 drivers = < 100

There need not be a cause

arescarti42 arescarti42 10:28 am 23 Jun 10

You may have experienced a rather interesting traffic phenomenon.

When a road is saturated with traffic and at capacity, it only takes very minor changes in driver behaviour to cause a jam, like someone spilling their coffee and swerving into another lane. That causes the people behind to brake, and then the people behind them to brake, and you get one big cascading line of people braking and traffic building up behind like a compacting spring.

This sort of jam wont clear until the number of people reaching the back of the jam are less than the people leaving the front.

That’s why an accident can have been cleared hours ago but a traffic jam will still linger.

Well that’s my understanding anyway.

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