In a list of 100 major cities across the world, see where your city compares.

Traffic snarls. You feel so helpless, and the worst thing of all, you will not see the end of it. And when it does, you pray this will never happen to you again. But as you know, it always comes back to haunt you. We are always in shock and denial, and even though we knew it was coming, we always find ourselves amazed at the hour-long standstill line.

Luckily for some of us, we ride on puny two wheels. Zipping through the congestion became a tad bit easier for us, and we take that little pleasure of happiness when we get to squeeze through tight spots to get in front of the line. Thank god for lane splitting.

How does US cities fare compared to the rest for commuting?
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But that is the thing. Riders still suffer in heavy traffic situations with facing commuting costs of fuel and parking, traffic crashes and road rage. It all comes down to highway planning that includes better connectivity and conditions of the road amongst other minor and major issues.

A German auto website, Kfzteile24, conducted a research and has tabled ten different commuting factors and have ranked 100 major metro cities across the globe based on congestion ratings, safe commuting and road qualities.

American cities included in the list are Seattle (#16) being the best city in the US for ease of commuting, San Antonio (#23), Austin (#41), Philadelphia (#43), Boston (#50), Chicago (#52), San Diego (#56), Miami (#65), New York (#70) and Los Angeles (#76) being the worst city in the US for commuting.

Traffic congestions:

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Congestion directly affects the cost of commuting with more fuel being used up in waiting times and idling in traffic snarls. This will also affect the air quality in deteriorating with more and more fuel getting burnt up just to stand still.

Studied under the TomTom Traffic Index, the worst city affected by congestion is in Kolkata, India, having a score of 69%. The least congested cities are Bern in Switzerland and the Dutch city of Rotterdam that share 19% index.

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Kolkata has an estimated population of 4.6 million whereas Bern in Switzerland has a mere 406,900 and Rotterdam has 633,471 people.

When comparing the American cities, the least congested city is San Antonio 20%. Philadelphia 23%, Austin 25%, Chicago 26%, San Diego 27%, Boston 28%, Miami 30%, Seattle 34%, New York 35%, and the highest congested city is Los Angeles with 45%.

Cost for a liter of fuel:

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Gas in Lagos, Nigeria, costs at just around $0.46 being the least, and the highest fuel cost is in Hong Kong at $1.94.

Fuel cost across all US cities at the time of creating the chart was at $0.70. Today, it stands at $0.76 (at the time of signify this article).

Cost of public transport:

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Public transports provided by the government of the country is for the general public where they share the mode of transportation for commuting. They may include city buses, trolleybuses, trams (or light rail) and passenger trains, rapid transit (metro/subway/underground, etc.) and ferries.

This usually helps cities cope with congestion since those many private vehicles will be not plying on the same roads. But it is also important that the prices remain invariably cheaper for the people to opt for them.

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Unluckily, the city of Tokyo in Japan charges the highest for using public transportation which scores a full 10.00. Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia has the cheapest public transportation fares with the lowest score of 1.00 on the index chart.

Miami gets the cheapest fares with 2.85. San Diego 3.56, Los Angeles 4.22, San Antonio 4.96, Austin 5.21, Philadelphia 5.30, Boston 6.94, Seattle 8.27, Chicago 9.26 and with the highest fares in New York with 9.42.

Parking costs:

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Unless you have parked in your driveway or your garage, most public places and city streets you end up visiting will charge you with a parking fee. This could sometimes affect the congestion since people might end up preferring either using public transports and pooling just because they will not have to pay these parking charges.

Our very own New York has the highest parking charges at a whopping $27.61 whereas Kolkata in India charges a mere $0.31.

In comparison, Austin and Miami have the least parking fee at $6.07. Los Angeles, San Antonio, and San Diego charges $10.12. Seattle $10.61, Chicago $15.16, Boston $16.44 and Philadelphia $17.19.

Speed to the airport:

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The average speeds to the airports from the downtowns of every city is a major consideration for a few when they have to look out for a place to stay or work.

The city having the least average speed is Mumbai in India with a slow 8.10 mph whereas Oslo in Norway boasts of a fast 44.10 mph to the airport.

The slowest moving traffic to the airport in the US is in New York and San Diego with 11.20 mph. Chicago 13.80 mph, Austin 16.20 mph, Boston 16.80 mph, Philadelphia 18.70 mph, Miami 19.40 mph, Los Angeles 20.50 mph, San Antonia 24.90 mph and the fastest is at Seattle with 36.10 mph.

Air Quality Index:

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The Air Quality Health Index provides a number from 1 to 10+ to indicate the level of health risk associated with local air quality that is majorly affected due to the pollution in the air. 1 being the lowest risk and 10+ being the highest risk.

The city with the worst Air Quality is Lagos in Nigeria who has a 1.00 on the index while the cleanest air is available in Calgary in Canada with 10.00 on the index.

The worst American air is in Chicago with 6.64 in the index. Los Angeles 7.27, Boston 7.36, Miami 7.55, Philadelphia 7.73, Austin 8.18, New York 8.55, San Antonio 8.64, San Diego 9.00 and Seattle with the cleanest at 9.82.

Crash Injuries:

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With more and more automobiles on the road, the risk of crashes are also more and invariably the injuries. Of course, negligence and road quality plays a major role too.

The safest city to commute with the least crash injuries is in Switzerland with three Swiss cities (Basel, Bern, Geneva) scoring a perfect score of 10.00, while the worst was Bangkok with 1.00.

All cities in the states are touted to be dangerous with a score of 3.10 across.

Road Quality:

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This is one of the significant contributions to crashes, injuries and traffic congestion in major metropolitan cities.

The worst roads are found in Bucharest in Romania with a paltry 1.00. A perfect score of 10.00 is scored by Singapore, Helsinki in Finland, Manchester in the UK, and the French cities of Marseille, Bordeaux, Paris, and Nice. Although Manchester has scored a perfect 10.00 with having the best road quality, it scored abnormally bad on crashes with 3.01.

Luckily, all cities in the states enjoy a good 8.43 grade road quality.

Road rage:

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We all do have some bad days and some good. And invariably it affects our riding styles on that day. All is well and good until you are a happy person under the sun, but on that unlucky day, your head is filled with all kind of thoughts, and in a jiffy, all hell can break loose.

That burning rage of anger will make you do some regrettable stuff including chasing that other driver at breakneck speeds, darting other road users, pounding on hoods, yelling and threatening. And this is what some may rather avoid by choosing to use public transport instead.

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The city with the most hot-headed road users are found in St Petersburg in Russia with the worst score of just 1.00. Meanwhile, Helsinki in Finland and Bordeaux in France score a full 10.00 on the charts to be the coolest riders in the entire world.

Folks from New York get a gnarly 2.58 followed by Miami 2.76, Los Angeles 3.68, Chicago 4.22, Boston 5.81, Philadelphia 6, Austin 7.35, San Diego 8.13, Sant Antoni 8.22 and Seattle being the friendly 9.37.

The results are tabulated below for your reference. Except for the fuel and parking charges indicated in US$, 1.00 signifies the worst conditions and 10.00 signifies the best.

RANK City Country Traffic jams Fuel in US$ Public transport Parking cost in US$ Speed to the airport Air quality Crash injuries Road quality Road rage
1 Dussel Germany 20% 1.52 8.88 1.74 21.2 5.55 7.03 9.23 8.96
2 Dubai UAE 26% 0.48 3.81 4.54 31.70 8.00 9.13 8.24 8.65
3 Zurich Switzerland 31% 1.42 9.59 3.65 25.50 7.00 8.78 9.80 9.86
4 Tokyo Japan 26% 1.14 10.00 4.18 30.50 4.27 6.94 8.83 8.45
5 Basel Switzerland 27% 1.42 9.01 2.55 17.50 7.64 10.00 9.80 9.91
6 Singapore Singapore 38% 1.44 8.56 1.39 32.40 3.45 8.69 10.00 8.25
7 Dortmund Germany 23% 1.49 7.39 1.74 19.90 5.18 7.03 9.23 9.01
8 Vienna Austria 31% 1.26 9.75 3.94 28.00 5.09 5.81 9.60 9.87
9 Munich Germany 30% 1.50 9.26 2.09 27.40 6.73 7.03 9.23 7.28
10 Calgary Canada 20% 0.93 8.27 10.96 26.80 10.00 5.19 8.83 7.19
11 Bern Switzerland 19% 1.42 8.65 2.78 12.40 6.45 10.00 9.80 9.78
12 Stuttgart Germany 28% 1.50 8.06 2.09 24.90 5.73 7.03 9.23 8.18
13 Montreal Canada 29% 0.93 9.01 7.04 23.00 8.82 5.19 8.83 8.81
14 Toronto Canada 30% 0.93 8.69 7.83 25.60 9.18 5.19 8.83 8.38
15 Helsinki Finland 31% 1.55 8.85 4.18 20.00 7.64 6.42 10.00 10.00
16 Seattle USA 34% 0.70 8.27 10.61 36.10 9.82 3.10 8.43 9.37
17 Frankfurt Germany 28% 1.51 7.64 3.13 20.50 4.73 7.03 9.23 8.78
18 Amsterdam Netherlands 22% 1.67 6.36 5.45 18.80 6.09 8.51 9.03 9.51
19 Perth Australia 27% 0.90 5.21 2.78 21.20 8.27 5.81 7.26 8.29
20 Essen Germany 28% 1.48 5.46 2.61 20.00 5.91 7.03 9.23 8.83
21 Madrid Spain 25% 1.29 3.97 2.90 24.30 7.91 8.17 8.83 6.15
22 Ottawa Canada 28% 0.93 7.52 6.66 18.10 9.91 5.19 8.83 8.45
23 San Antonio USA 20% 0.70 4.96 10.12 24.90 8.64 3.10 8.43 8.22
24 Geneva Switzerland 29% 1.42 8.87 3.57 11.20 7.27 10.00 9.80 9.73
25 Hamburg Germany 33% 1.49 8.42 1.74 12.50 6.82 7.03 9.23 9.26
26 Stockholm Sweden 28% 1.57 5.88 9.05 36.20 5.00 9.65 8.24 9.33
27 Marseille France 29% 1.46 4.06 2.67 29.90 4.09 6.42 10.00 8.45
28 Prague Czech Rep 23% 1.20 7.35 4.41 16.80 4.55 8.43 8.43 7.17
29 Graz Austria 29% 1.26 6.71 3.02 16.20 5.36 5.81 9.60 9.86
30 Rotterdam Netherlands 19% 1.67 8.76 4.64 13.10 6.00 8.51 9.03 6.54
31 Berlin Germany 29% 1.49 9.84 1.97 13.10 5.82 7.03 9.23 6.11
32 Barcelona Spain 31% 1.29 6.71 3.94 20.00 5.64 8.17 8.83 7.19
33 Cologne Germany 34% 1.51 6.94 2.09 20.60 5.45 7.03 9.23 7.03
34 Birmingham UK 40% 1.51 8.43 4.54 27.30 9.55 9.13 8.24 6.44
35 Bremen Germany 32% 1.51 8.22 2.67 11.20 7.09 7.03 9.23 8.81
36 Seoul Korea 30% 1.27 9.33 5.36 29.30 2.82 4.15 8.63 6.85
37 Oslo Norway 30% 1.83 8.09 6.15 44.10 6.36 8.08 4.33 9.48
38 Glasgow UK 30% 1.51 5.70 2.67 16.80 9.36 9.13 8.24 4.73
39 Bordeaux France 40% 1.46 6.94 2.78 13.80 6.45 6.42 10.00 10.00
40 Auckland New Zealand 38% 1.41 8.51 12.13 23.70 9.27 5.19 6.87 8.92
41 Austin USA 25% 0.70 5.21 6.07 16.20 8.18 3.10 8.43 7.35
42 Toulouse France 29% 1.46 4.64 3.13 13.20 7.36 7.03 9.23 7.91
43 Philadelphia USA 23% 0.70 5.30 17.19 18.70 7.73 3.10 8.43 6.00
44 Edinburgh UK 29% 1.51 8.09 5.94 13.70 6.18 9.13 8.24 6.17
45 Brisbane Australia 28% 0.90 4.22 14.72 17.40 8.73 5.81 7.26 8.42
46 London UK 38% 1.51 9.91 10.44 16.20 8.09 9.13 8.24 6.85
47 Wellington New Zealand 34% 1.41 7.77 3.82 10.70 9.64 5.19 6.87 8.94
48 Vancouver Canada 39% 0.93 8.18 5.87 15.00 9.73 5.19 8.83 5.59
49 Liverpool UK 40% 1.51 8.60 6.51 15.60 6.55 9.13 8.24 8.42
50 Boston USA 28% 0.70 6.94 16.44 16.80 7.36 3.10 8.43 5.81
51 Paris France 27% 1.46 9.50 4.99 15.00 4.45 6.42 10.00 2.31
52 Chicago USA 26% 0.70 9.26 15.16 13.80 6.64 3.10 8.43 4.22
53 Tallinn Estonia 26% 1.25 5.37 4.18 8.80 9.45 6.85 9.23 4.58
54 Budapest Hungary 22% 1.20 2.49 1.86 16.80 4.00 4.58 5.10 7.59
55 Melbourne Australia 33% 0.90 2.98 15.50 17.50 7.82 5.81 7.26 8.78
56 San Diego USA 27% 0.70 3.56 10.12 11.20 9.00 3.10 8.43 8.13
57 Adelaide Australia 27% 0.90 1.90 7.08 11.90 8.36 5.81 7.26 9.33
58 Lisbon Portugal 36% 1.57 7.19 2.09 8.10 9.09 4.50 9.80 4.73
59 Manchester UK 29% 1.51 9.10 5.89 14.30 1.36 3.01 10.00 7.21
60 Tel Aviv Israel 39% 1.69 5.63 1.72 21.90 2.64 8.34 6.47 3.68
61 Sydney Australia 39% 0.90 9.68 26.34 15.60 8.45 5.81 7.26 4.04
62 Cape Town South Africa 35% 0.96 7.19 1.02 17.50 2.18 1.09 6.87 3.70
63 Copenhagen Denmark 32% 1.61 5.79 4.41 16.20 4.82 4.67 5.50 9.35
64 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 43% 0.49 2.82 1.06 30.50 2.73 1.35 7.84 4.22
65 Miami USA 30% 0.70 2.85 6.07 19.40 7.55 3.10 8.43 2.76
66 Nice France 38% 1.46 4.64 4.99 12.40 4.18 6.42 10.00 7.91
67 Johannesburg South Africa 47% 0.96 7.77 1.93 26.80 1.73 1.09 6.87 4.74
68 Riga Latvia 23% 1.14 2.57 2.90 18.10 3.55 4.06 3.54 5.28
69 Dublin Ireland 43% 1.44 4.47 3.19 9.40 8.91 7.99 7.84 6.65
70 New York USA 35% 0.70 9.42 27.61 11.20 8.55 3.10 8.43 2.58
71 Antwerp Belgium 30% 1.47 3.48 2.84 10.00 4.64 4.76 8.04 7.48
72 Brussels Belgium 38% 1.47 2.82 3.36 14.40 5.27 4.76 8.04 7.71
73 Athens Greece 36% 1.64 6.04 6.61 35.50 3.18 1.96 9.60 3.14
74 Santiago Chile 43% 1.13 2.08 2.74 22.40 2.00 2.83 8.24 4.55
75 Milan Italy 27% 1.63 1.99 6.03 34.90 3.27 4.93 5.70 4.19
76 Los Angeles USA 45% 0.70 4.22 10.12 20.50 7.27 3.10 8.43 3.68
77 Beijing China 46% 0.95 1.83 1.50 22.40 1.64 1.96 5.90 6.26
78 Shanghai China 48% 0.95 2.24 1.64 34.90 1.82 2.31 2.37 7.17
79 Rome Italy 35% 1.63 3.30 4.87 22.40 4.36 4.93 5.70 3.52
80 Buenos Airies Argentina 42% 1.30 4.96 2.01 25.60 4.91 2.75 3.16 1.92
81 Sofia Bulgaria 29% 1.11 2.66 1.18 13.20 2.91 4.41 2.17 3.02
82 Hong Kong China 41% 1.94 3.30 3.18 39.20 2.45 1.96 5.90 5.09
83 Warsaw Poland 37% 1.15 3.81 1.16 10.60 3.64 3.97 2.37 4.01
84 Moscow Russia 41% 0.70 4.96 3.34 18.10 3.73 1.79 1.77 2.12
85 Bangkok Thailand 61% 0.98 2.91 1.35 21.20 3.00 1.00 7.07 3.54
86 St Petersburg Russia 44% 0.70 6.04 3.34 17.40 3.73 1.79 1.77 1.00
87 Jakarta Indonesia 58% 0.63 1.09 0.38 17.50 2.09 2.66 3.93 3.68
88 Bucharest Romania 50% 1.11 2.31 0.57 16.20 3.91 4.32 1.00 3.99
89 Sao Paulo Brazil 30% 1.18 3.20 6.21 15.00 3.36 1.44 2.57 4.06
90 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 37% 1.18 3.56 4.13 12.50 2.55 1.44 2.57 4.51
91 Istanbul Turkey 49% 1.47 1.56 1.69 11.80 2.27 4.23 6.87 1.49
92 Mexico City Mexico 66% 0.92 5.46 6.97 17.50 3.09 2.92 6.09 4.62
93 Bogota Colombia 48% 0.75 1.56 5.22 12.50 2.36 4.93 4.53 1.22
94 Ho Chi Minh Vietnam 64% 0.79 1.16 1.10 14.90 1.91 1.26 2.57 5.77
95 Bangalore India 64% 1.12 1.32 0.86 18.70 1.45 2.40 4.13 1.94
96 Mumbai India 67% 1.12 6.04 0.95 8.10 1.55 2.40 4.13 3.20
97 Ulaanbaatar Mongolia 65% 0.63 1.00 2.00 21.80 1.18 1.61 1.20 4.19
98 Lagos Nigeria 60% 0.46 1.25 0.32 10.70 1.00 1.70 2.76 3.50
99 Karachi Pakistan 59% 0.66 1.38 0.56 11.20 1.09 2.22 3.54 1.81
100 Kolkota India 69% 1.12 1.41 0.31 11.20 1.27 2.40 4.13 4.24

Source: Motorbike Writer

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