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Lagos is the worst city to be a driver in Africa, says Forbes
With 60 percent road traffic congestion and 10.70 meters per hour average driving speed, Lagos State is worst city to be a driver in Africa and the third worst in the world, according to a report by Forbes magazine.
According to the report, only Karachi, Pakistan and Kolkata, India, ranked higher than Lagos which is the only African city out of 100 cities of the world that were considered in the ratings
Dusseldorf, Germany came first as the best city for drivers, with 20 percent congestion, and 21.20mph average speed.
The criteria used to arrive at the report include: an analysis of local congestion levels, an average cost of parking and fuel, average roadway speeds, air pollution levels, number of traffic injuries, and road quality. Also considered is the frequency and perception of road rage.
Other cities included in the worst categories are: Ulaanbaatar – Mongolia; Mumbai – India; Bangalore – India; Ho Chin Minh City – Vietnam; Bogota – Colombia; Mexico city – Mexico and Istanbul – Turkey.
While the best cities to be a driver include: Dusseldorf – Germany; Dubai – UAE; Tokyo – Japan; Basel – Switzerland; Singapore – Singapore, Dortmund – Germany; Vienna – Austria; Munich – Germany and Calgary – Canada.
In May this year, Akinwumi Ambode, the Lagos State Governor, assure residents in the State that his administration will tackle the perennial issue of traffic congestion head on.
Ambode made the pledge during the commissioning of Pedestrian Bridges, Lay bys and Slip Road at the Ojodu Berger axis of the State.
“What we set out to achieve with this project was to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the express, safeguard the lives of our people,” Ambode said.
“If your neighbourhood or community is experiencing traffic challenges, be rest assured that we will soon be there.
“That is the only way we can progress and achieve our goal of being one of the world’s top centres for business, entertainment and leisure,” he said.