Save fuel with stop/go

2016-09-13 06:00

Over the past 10 years, there has been much, high density, residential development in Muizenberg East.

This has now resulted in bottleneck/gridlock traffic at the Sandvlei mouth crossing, and at the Main Road traffic lights.

During the afternoon rush hour, between 17:00 and 19:00, traffic, at times, will pile up, almost all the way back to Kalk Bay and Lakeside.

I feel much for the many residents affected that live along the Main, Atlantic, Albertyn and Promenade roads. They are being exposed to car fumes for hours each day, with properties now devalued accordingly.

Contrary to the above, during the many years of gridlock, at the Muizenberg to Kalk Bay Road works, car fumes were not a problem. Motorists would switch off for 10 to 20 minutes, read a book or just relax and catch-up.

I suggest that the same be done at most of Cape Towns, residential rush hour bottlenecks.

Idling for 10 minutes, in creeping traffic, uses, on average, one litre of fuel. For 20 minutes, this equates to two litres!

Should one be gridlocked twice a day, for say, a total of 30 mins, three litres of fuel will be consumed, whilst covering only two or three kilometres. Add to that the excessive wear on engine, gearbox, clutch and brakes, and one can only imagine how travel costs will skyrocket.

One need not be a mathematician, to calculate that with that amount of fuel wasted, each day, on average, one should be able to travel 30km instead of only three kilmeters.

Stop-go will save the country millions and greatly increase mental and physical health, for both driver and residents affected. The Kalk Bay road-works have shown us how it should be done!

Affected Engineer, Muizenberg

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