Hubby works from home so doesn't commute into the CBD in rush hour. He also avoids driving our car and prefers to cycle everywhere where possible and if we go on a family trip into the CBD or someplace I usually do the driving. Anyways, he kindly dropped a friend of mine who had been staying with us a few days at the bus station on Franklin St in the CBD this morning as I had a fall at the weekend and hurt my foot and other bits of me are bruised and battered and I really didn't want to drive in all that way at 6am
Friends bus was leaving at 6:55 so they decided to leave at 6am to give plenty of time to get there, her to check in for her tour/trip across to Perth and get sorted and all that as you do. He came back around 7:30 and was pretty taken aback at how busy the roads into the CBD now are at 6am in the morning. His words, 'that was like 8am rush hour back when I was living here 10 years ago' and a few other things
I have been saying to him for ages that travelling down at that time is busy and I don't enjoy it one bit in the morning, even leaving so early. And of course, it gets much worse an hour or two later. Much much worse. I see buses then crammed with people then too and more of them running but earlier there are far less running and its much quieter at stops etc.
I wonder if people are trying to get to work early because they *have* to be there or to just avoid the bigger rush later on or to start early to finish early. Probably a combination of all 3.
Anyways, this was more as I was amused at his shock at 6am traffic into the CBD than anything else but its also got me thinking I wish they would extend the tram line to run to Flinders and elsewhere where possible as the flat is ideal for that means of transport. I appreciated when living in the Netherlands that trams (and bikes) ruled and were so quick and easy. I love the Adelaide tram line too, just wish there was more of it.
And should he ever change jobs and need to commute, after his rush hour reminder this morning, hubby has sworn off ever driving to work and will be sticking to cycling