New data has been released that unfortunately says that Australia has some pretty bloody slow-moving roads – shocker, we know.
But apparently they are so bad, that one particular city is legitimately worse than New York City (which sounds unbelievable, but facts are facts).
In the list of ‘worst roads’ compiled with data from AustRoads, 7 of the 10 entries are in Sydney, with Melbourne receiving one nod, and Adelaide surprisingly receiving two.
Even more surprisingly, Adelaide actually tops the list with the slowest road, with the tortoise-like average speed of 13.5km/h on CBD-splitting road King William Street. This is followed by Sydney‘s Harris St in Pyrmont which has an average speed of 14.5km/h, and the bronze medal for sloth-like behaviour goes to Punt Road in Melbourne, which has an average speed of 16.1km/h.
Here’s the Top 10 list:
So, this means Sydney contains seven of the slowest roads on both sides of the Tasman. The city can rely only on the one saving grace that it also houses the third fastest road in Australasia: the Hume Highway.
But the sad facts of a weakening road system versus a booming population remain. So much so that we’re even s l o w e r than the notoriously congested Big Apple, New York City.
Yup, Sydney‘s average speed for its road network is 72.5km/h, while NYC‘s is 76.6km/h. Yeeeeeowch.
We’re even behind San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia, and we’re only slightly faster than Seattle.
Public transport might be ya best friend, friends.