WAZE: Cebu is the worst metro to be a driver

WAZE: Cebu is the worst metro to be a driver

Community-based traffic and navigation mobile app, Waze has recently released its annual Driver Satisfaction Index. The index covers the countries with traffic, of course, as most people use the app for that purpose: to know the traffic condition of a certain city or metro.

There are countries and metros with smooth-sailing traffic conditions. Netherlands holds the top of the list as the most satisfying country to be a driver. Meanwhile, France has dominated 9 out of 10 cities in the top 10 of the most favorable metros in the driver situation index.

The worst are also included. Well, we have to say Cebu got the worst part of the list being the least favorable metro to be a driver.

Based on the Waze blog, “Waze Driver Satisfaction Index takes into account six attributes – both qualitative and quantitative – to give you an unbeatable look at what it’s like to drive in a variety of cities and countries around the world.”

While Waze has more than 65 million monthly active users globally in 185 countries, the study focuses on countries and metros with more than 20,000+ monthly active users to ensure data accuracy and fair market comparisons.

Again, from Waze blog:

Cebu, Philippines, ranked as least satisfying, or the worst place in the world to be a driver. Following Cebu are Bogor, Indonesia; San Salvador, El Salvador; Denpasa, Indonesia; and Bandung, Indonesia.

To make Cebu City as the worst city to become a driver would seem unfair. The index indicated a metro, which means, it also covers the cities of  Mandaue, Lapu-lapu, Talisay, Danao, Naga and Carcar including the towns of Consolacion, Lilo-an, Compostela, Minglanilla and San Fernando. Cebu City, Mandaue and Lapu-lapu would have been the the epicenter of the worst traffic condition in the metro specially during rush hours.

Cebu City’s score is 1.1, cited as the least satisfying metro to be a driver.

People claim that traffic signifies progress, but if you spend hours stuck in traffic, it turns into a nightmare for drivers. I can assert this as I am also a driver who endured a two-hour traffic jam when I was heading to a destination that should have taken less than 30 minutes. One of my worst experiences involved being stranded at the Marcelo Fernan bridge during late afternoons and evenings.

Even at Fuente Osmena Circle during rush hour

It would be futile to constantly rant about the traffic conditions in Cebu. We can’t help the LGU’s to improve the traffic if what we’re doing is to constantly complain. But perhaps, there would be suggestions that we can relay to them.

Mega Cebu has already initiated efforts for projects and to push infrastructures to attain a sustainable and livable Cebu.

Another thing would be knowing the city engineers of metropolitan Cebu. Let us know how competitive they are in improving traffic in the city.

And of course, it is not the only the city engineers we have to scrutinize but also the traffic system of the metro.

Would it be rude to alert the CITOMs and the TEAM and other names of traffic enforcement groups in Metro Cebu?

How about other measures we can suggest to the traffic enforcers of Metro Cebu?

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