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Old December 7th, 2007, 12:53 AM   #1
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Major cities with the fewest motorways/divided highways?

Which major cities have the lowest motorway lane distance relative to population? Clearly there will be some large metro areas like Kinshasa that have few motorways, but that is mostly due to drastic underdevelopment. But among cities with at least a moderate amount of development, which ones have the fewest divided motorways, and why?
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Old December 7th, 2007, 01:07 AM   #2
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Technically about 4km total inside Budapest.
But if I count expressways and "expressways-but-not-at-expressway-rank"s, then its ~35,3km,literally inside the city limits. Budapest has ~1,7m inhabitants.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #3
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How about the Budapest metro area?
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Old December 7th, 2007, 02:48 AM   #4
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Probably London.

London has virtually no motorways.

Probably because the city is too built up and too historic. You can't just go and build a 10 lane highway through London - too dense. Also, London is pretty much completely mass transit orientated and having a car there is a liability and discouraged by the mayor.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 02:50 AM   #5
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Bucharest. It doesn't even have a proper motorway ring/bypass.

The reason: abysmally bad planning during the Communist period + the incompetence of current politicians.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 03:10 AM   #6
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Vancouver...a few tiny ones. Toronto..a few monsters
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Old December 7th, 2007, 03:21 AM   #7
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we have fewer highways then other American metro of our size but the ones we have our massive...

Only LA or Houston have bigger wider highways...
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Old December 7th, 2007, 06:50 AM   #8
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Dublin has hardly any motorways. basically a ring-road outside the main city, but nothing downtown. Driving is horrible.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 10:21 AM   #9
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Half the world major city's have no proper roads, especially in Asia and Africa.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 10:29 AM   #10
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How about the Budapest metro area?
I dont think that has proper boundaries,so I cant give you a number for that. But in the county surrounding it(plus the city added),there are 184,3km of motorways and expressways..
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Old December 7th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #11
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Mumbai without a doubt, if you consider relative to population. and you can no longer classify mumbai as underdeveloped.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 11:05 AM   #12
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Reutlingen is the only city in germany with more than 100.000 inhabitants (out of around 80 cities) which lacks a direct access to an autobahn, the next autobahns are 30km away
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Old December 7th, 2007, 02:10 PM   #13
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Zagreb doesn't have city motorways. it has bypass, it has some fast city roads, but all of them have traffic lights and i consider about them as normal avenues (although main radial has a lot of multilevel intersections, too, but also a lot of traffic lights)
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Old December 7th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #14
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Reutlingen is the only city in germany with more than 100.000 inhabitants (out of around 80 cities) which lacks a direct access to an autobahn, the next autobahns are 30km away
Yeah, but it has some semi-motorways (Gelbe Autobahnen) in the vicinity, like the B27 and B28 towards Tübingen, Stuttgart and Balingen.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #15
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Probably London.

London has virtually no motorways.

Probably because the city is too built up and too historic. You can't just go and build a 10 lane highway through London - too dense. Also, London is pretty much completely mass transit orientated and having a car there is a liability and discouraged by the mayor.
Doesn't London have the M1, M4, and M11 or something on the fringes?

I do agree with you, compared to a metro with a similar size here (like LA), London has nothing in comparison.
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London does have some motorways forking a little into the urban area, but it's nothing. There are also some A-roads with controlled acces, but that's not really motorway-standard.

Another city with poor infrastructure is Rome, Italy. Only a ringroad, and that's about it.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 11:40 PM   #17
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Split has a 7km, 6-8 lane, 100% grade-seperated bypass.
It could be called a city motorway, beacuse the area is all built up now.

Also, there is a 13km grade-seperated expressway to the A1 motorway connection.

Through the suburbs of Kaštela there is a partialy grade-seperated expressway, some 20km long.

Here it is the whole expressway system (with interchanges):


For a city area od 350.000 it could be better...but the current state isn't so bad too...
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Old December 7th, 2007, 11:57 PM   #18
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I really like Split and it's motorways. BTW, when I was there 2 years ago, the expressway from the city to the A1 was only 1+2 (2 lanes up the mountain, one down), not separated. Did they expand it?
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Old December 8th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #19
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Probably London.

London has virtually no motorways.

Probably because the city is too built up and too historic. You can't just go and build a 10 lane highway through London - too dense. Also, London is pretty much completely mass transit orientated and having a car there is a liability and discouraged by the mayor.
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Doesn't London have the M1, M4, and M11 or something on the fringes?

I do agree with you, compared to a metro with a similar size here (like LA), London has nothing in comparison.
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London does have some motorways forking a little into the urban area, but it's nothing. There are also some A-roads with controlled acces, but that's not really motorway-standard.

Another city with poor infrastructure is Rome, Italy. Only a ringroad, and that's about it.
I wouldn't say London has a poor infrastructure. It has a well-developed and efficient mass transit system. Of course it would be possible to drill tunnels for massive undeground highways etc. in addition to the current subway and train lines, but if I should be able to ski also in the future the rest of the cities of the world should follow London's suit, not the other way around.
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Old December 8th, 2007, 06:20 AM   #20
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Tehran and Tabriz doesn't really have much of a motorway network when i visited them few years. They were more like multi-lane high speed roads with roundabouts and traffic lights.
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