Instead of changing the way we move, why not change the time we all work at?
Timing is one of the main causes why the traffic is always more congested both in the morning, usually between 7AM to 9AM, and in the afternoon, between 5PM to 7PM, mainly due to the fact that universities, schools, banks, supermarkets, gym, and businesses begin and end their day at the same time. Have we ever considered the possibility of changing our traditional business hours to solve traffic problems that are causing chaos in overcrowded cities?
The private and public sectors are collapsing at an alarming rate year after year. Traffic congestions are forcing governments and businesses to invest more on parking lots, roads, and underground parking without understanding the core of the issue.
It’s physically and practically unproductive for organizations to clear more land to make room for more vehicles. Roads and streets are usually surrounded by houses, supermarkets, and businesses, all of which makes the idea of expanding them logically impossible. Organizations should address the traffic problem from a different perspective and consider an alternative option: to change the traditional work and study hours.
NEW SOLUTIONS ARE USUALLY HARD TO DIGEST
This new solution might be hard to embrace at first. But when we stop to analyze and discover how this solution can benefit traffic congestions, it sounds much more attractive.
Universities and businesses typically open at the same time, between 8am and 9am. What if colleges begin welcoming students between 10am and 11am? This would allow universities to not interfere in the high traffic periods mornings usually bring with. This solution would limit the time students and faculty spend on the roads and enable them to make better use of this wasted time by studying, working from home, or just enjoying from not being stuck in traffic.
A small change like this in universities can lead to big changes in the world. If colleges around the world begin implementing this small change, roads worldwide will become more organized. This solution presents a big opportunity for cities and countries to effectively manage traffic congestions by changing the traditional work and study hours.
At the end of the day, businesses, colleges, and people themselves will be the most benefited from this solution. As we all benefit from having more time on our day by avoiding being stuck in traffic, we will start to adapt our routines to different time frames and tackle everyday problems through new lenses.
THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF REDUCING TRAFFIC
Governments will also benefit from this change, as more than often roads’ conditions suffer from the exceeding vehicle capacity traveling in them on a daily basis. This will allow governments to re-direct the money spent on fixing roads, and invest it more urgent necessities. The positive impact this will have in the word would have no comparison – people will save time and energy, governments will save money, and the economy will receive a boost.
Even though traffic congestion might be unavoidable, there are certain actions that can minimize them. However, traffic congestions should not be viewed as something negative, as the flow of vehicles and people through the city generally represent that the overall economy is doing well.
If this innovative solution is implemented, then organizations would have more parking lots available without having the necessity of investing more on them. People will feel less stressed and will become more productive. This method will eliminate or at least lighten the traffic, which is the main cause of major headaches, accidents, late arrivals, and less productivity of people living in these overcrowded cities.
This picture illustrates what an everyday 8AM traffic in overcrowded cities look like. There is no way the government can expand these roads by creating more lanes. Any “logical” solution is simply unviable, as we need to be very wise when trying to deal with traffic congestions.
ARE INCENTIVES A GOOD START?
Even though this alternative is as simple as it sounds – changing traditional work hours – it’s a solution that hasn’t been considered before.
Universities should be the ones leading the way with this change. Although it poses a huge change in universities’, faculty’s, and students’ traditional schedules, their initiative will represent that their heart is in the right place. By changing their opening hours, universities will be sending the message that they care about the environment, about optimizing government spending, and maximizing both faculty’s and students’ productivity levels.
Yet, such change could represent a huge challenge for universities’ operations. Therefore, because governments will be the most benefited from this change, it would be an attractive idea for them to get involved and start incentivizing colleges to implement such change. Incentives such as tax breaks and further funding in their advancement and research department would be ideal.
These incentives will create a huge impact on governments, students, professors, universities themselves, and the environment. Universities and surroundings will be free of traffic, the environment will look much healthier and greener, and every person will be more motivated to keep doing their part.
These new habits will bring amazing positive effects to the cities across the globe.
Time is our most valuable resource. How we decide to spend it will make a massive difference on our lives. Rather than spending meaningful time stuck on traffic, why not use it to better ourselves, practice our hobbies, pursue our passions, build upon our relationships or simply get more work done?
Our time on this Earth is limited – and we all ought to treat it that way.