Vancouver is believed to be one of the best places to live in the world. A research carried out by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranks it first in the world taking into account a wide range of economic, social, cultural and environmental factors such as safety, access to commodities and services, healthcare service, environment, education, culture, local authorities, transport and infrastructure. The city covers as much as 98% of the criteria set up by EIU.
What you will spot right away is that Canada is a country of unique discipline. When you visit this place, you might think that this is Switzerland instead because of the flawless punctuality and perfect order. It looks like nothing can go wrong and you will be quite right. The local authorities are masters of order. But sometimes things can go wrong and they do go wrong.
As you probably know Vancouver area is surrounded by water. The Pacific Ocean is everywhere, offering a delightful atmosphere, along with high precipitation and humidity. The city itself is located upon water. This results in a great need to complex infrastructure solutions including many bridges, viaducts and other tremendously expensive installations.
Because of the intricate transport system, the city council has taken a decision which influences the prices of many commodities in Vancouver, most of all – the price of gasoline. The local authorities charge some extra taxation on top of gasoline namely because of the need to maintain this elaborate infrastructure maze.
So, you have this complex transport and infrastructure system heavily dependent on bridges. The downside of having so many bridges is that should any incidents occur, the result is overwhelming. In the case of a crash, however minor, bridges get closed for hours on end. Another unpleasant fact aggravating the situation is that for some weird reason bridges are often a scene of suicides. Even though the authorities have a substantial hands-on experience in dealing with similar situations, you can spend an hour or so stuck in your car, waiting for the mess to be cleared.
As a result, many people can’t go to work on time, blocked in traffic. Sometimes ambulances can get stuck, which might be life-threatening. Businesses such as taxi companies, public transport, ferries, parcel and food delivery in Vancouver can also suffer because of unexpected delays. Websites such as Just Eat Vancouver guarantee delivery within 45 minutes or a little more. Restaurants do their best to meet the highest expectations. Picture the logistics behind the local businesses which have to deal with a challenge like this.
Finally, of course, it won’t be fair to say that the transport system of Vancouver is imperfect. It is one of the most finely orchestrated systems in the world. But the issue of traffic delays, along with parking, will always pose a challenge for the local authorities.