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I'm sure many people experienced the same problems as no matter what road you were on heading down from the village to Hwy 99, or coming down off the bench, all routes were bumper-to-bumper and moving at a snail's pace or slower.
This variable dynamic is weekly in winter and normally happens on Saturday and Sundays between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and during our major holidays. This no doubt causes many problems for all in the transportation business including taxis, buses and local transit, as well as for those that may be trying to get to work, or those trying to conduct work like our snow clearing services etc.
Here is a thought to put out to all and a possible solution to ridding ourselves of Whistler's rush hour traffic congestion and gridlock. All those drivers with a vehicle not involved in conducting business during this time that are born on a odd year could depart or move within Whistler on a odd hour 3:00 p.m. to 3:59 p.m., 5:00 p.m. to 5:59 p.m., and all those born in a even year could depart Whistler or move within Whistler on a even hour 4:00 p.m. to 4:59 PM, 6:00 p.m. to 6:59 p.m. This would hypothetically reduce congestion by 50 per cent and allow a much more fluid movement of vehicles during these peak traffic times.
It would also reduce wasteful automobile emissions, lower everyone's stress after a great day on the mountain, and give our many local eateries the opportunity and reason to offer a Gridlock Buster Special as a pre-departure incentive to those standing by to leave.
This would only be effective if everyone gets on board, so spread the thought around and remind each other during these times (text! text! text!) and talk about busting Whistler's traffic gridlock. Who knows if it works well in a place like Whistler, it may one day be the answer to rush hour congestion and gridlock in many big cities the world over.
Brian Wolfgang Becker
Sorry for sudden snooze
Much like Luke Brandon — the lucky guy who was given a second chance — I also feel asleep behind the wheel last week (Pique Jan.26, 2012). For me, however, the warning signs weren't there. My head was not bobbing and my eyes weren't heavy.
For whatever reason, I was suddenly overcome with fatigue, as if a wave was washing over me, and before I could even think about pulling over my eyes turned to lead and that's the last sensation I remember before they popped open again just in time to witness the front of my car slam into a highway road sign.