Parking Woes & Traffic Jams in KL
Day in, day out we drive our car to work and back. At least that's what I do. Mondays through Fridays, and on weekends I bring the family out to shopping malls. My work place is quite a distance away from home, hence I'm usually stuck in traffic for a good hour or so during morning rush hour. If there's any lorry breakdowns, or accidents along the way, the horrors!
Stress level increased!
If you're like me, based in KL, then you know how bad the fight for a parking lot in shopping malls on a weekend can get! I've always pondered the thought of actually just dropping off the wife and kids at the shopping malls, and going somewhere else so as to avoid the hassle of finding for parking at the mall. Then I realize, there's a traffic jam outside as well! OMG.
|I want my 152 hours back!!|
Traffic jams, and now I have to fight for a parking spot?!
Just recently I stumbled upon this fun fact from Uber Malaysia, or not so fun if you've experienced it personally like I do. Did you know, every KL car owner spends 152 hours a year looking for parking. 152 hours!!! That's nearly a lifetime, I could have done so many better things with the lost time.
It's no surprise that KL needs a space the size of 9 KLCCs to park all its cars! There's never enough parking lots everywhere. Even with priority parkings for shopping malls, or seasonal parkings for some office buildings, I always find trouble getting parking, and spend way too much time going round and round, and round and round..
What If There's a Way Around This?
|It's just going to get worse|
I've always pondered over how this can be resolved. What do you think? By 2022, peak hour congestion will be 4.5 times worse. What if we have the option and power to make things better? Reducing the number of cars on the road seems to be a viable option. Less cars mean less traffic and more time for what we love.
|Looking forward to the day the streets of KL can be as empty as this!|
But WAIT, does that mean I will be without a car? Come to think of it, I did considered the option of not owning a car anymore due to the massive headache of being stuck in the jam and time wasted looking for parking daily. Going for restaurant reviews will be so much easier if I don't have to worry about looking for a parking spot. Food for thought yes? Let me know what you think in the comments below!