Life in a Traffic Jam
Stuttgart is the most congested city in Germany – although right behind it in southwest Germany is Heilbronn. But cities such as Winnenden, Ludwigsburg, and Sindelfingen – home to the Daimler plant – also have large numbers of commuters. All of this movement is encouraged by the currently low gasoline prices, while the commuter tax allowance is a further inducement. The consequence: traffic jams. Particularly at peak hours in the morning and evening, a sustained period of stop, go, and wait is enough to test anyone's patience. What is the current situation on the streets and roads of southwest Germany? What is the impact of congestion on those affected? On drivers? What are the costs – whether in time or in health-related problems? How is this daily struggle on the roads actually experienced? Are there alternatives to the automobile? What concepts have been proposed to solve traffic problems? What has been tried thus far, and what is being done better by cities such as Zürich in order to avoid massive traffic jams? We go in search of answers, familiarizing ourselves with the victims of transport/traffic policies, the responsible parties, and with people who are seeking solutions.