Not really surprising data about Birmingham traffic (sort of)

01.8.2013 by André Natta · → 1 Comment

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UXBlog  A National Portrait of Drunk DrivingIt’s an interesting contrast if you step back and think about it – two recent lists look at how Alabama’s largest city handles its ever-growing traffic situation with differing messages.

This morning the Birmingham Business Journal shared information courtesy of a new report by their company’s in-house data investigation unit, On Numbers, that ranked Birmingham 347 out of 373 metro areas in terms of traffic congestion.

The city did finish faring better off than Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (358); Orlando, FL (359); Miami, FL (364); Houston, TX (367); and Atlanta, GA (372).

While it appears that you’ll be on the road for a while attempting to get to and from work, it’s also true that the city sees less accidents occur involving drivers under the influence. It’s not necessarily great news when you consider it’s still considered a cause for 13.6% of fatal crashes involving alcohol, regardless of population size, between 2000-2010. It was good enough though for John Nelson of IDV SolutionsUX Blog to recognize it had the lowest percentage of such fatalities among cities across the nation.

The black circle on the image up above helps you identify metro Birmingham on the map.

He published the data as part of providing a more exhaustive explanation of the findings he used to create an interactive map just before New Year’s Eve. Folks are getting a chance to dig into the data a little deeper courtesy of a post made yesterday to The Atlantic Cities.

It’s interesting when looked at in conjunction with the census tract data visuals we wrote about yesterday

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I am surprised that traffic is so bad. I know 280 and 65 get clogged, but I didn't think it was any worse than other cities. It would be interesting to see if there is a relationship between the quality of public transit programs and traffic. Just from this article I can see that the south's reluctance to spend money on transit may be related to our cities' traffic problems. I could also be putting too much meaning into the correlation in order to further my left-wing agenda. :-) Just kidding, I'm far too apathetic to have an agenda. I live in town and anything south of lakeshore might as well be Mobile. Wow, I sound pretentious. All jokes aside, I know our county is BROKE, but I still dream of the day when buses run often and through more neighborhoods and can serve as reliable transportation for everyone.